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[in-stawl] /ɪnˈstɔl/
verb (used with object)
to place in position or connect for service or use: to install a heating system;
to install software on a computer.
to establish in an office, position, or place:
to install oneself in new quarters.
to induct into an office or the like with ceremonies or formalities.
Origin of install
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin installāre. See in-2, stall1
Related forms
installer, noun
preinstall, verb (used with object)
reinstall, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
install, instill.
3. invest, instate, receive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There's a fine vein of quartz to develop, expensive machinery to install.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • I'll install a set of them in a car, and it will go like the wind.

  • I managed to install down at the dock an apparatus known as the capillary electrometer.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • How could they get her out in order to install La Catiche in her place?

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • The Michigan Stamping Co. had to wait five months before it could secure and install its complete equipment of machinery.

British Dictionary definitions for install


verb (transitive) -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling, -stalled
to place (machinery, equipment, etc) in position and connect and adjust for use
to transfer (computer software) from a distribution file to a permanent location on disk, and prepare it for its particular environment and application
to put in a position, rank, etc
to settle (a person, esp oneself) in a position or state: she installed herself in an armchair
Derived Forms
installer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin installāre, from in-² + stallumstall1
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Word Origin and History for install

early 15c., "place in (ecclesiastical) office by seating in an official stall," from Medieval Latin installare, from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + Medieval Latin stallum "stall," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stal "standing place;" see stall (n.1)). Related: Installed; installing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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