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[in-stawl] /ɪnˈstɔl/
verb (used with object), installed, installing.
Related forms
reinstal, verb (used with object)


[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.
Also, instal.
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
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Examples from the web for installed
  • When bells are being installed in new houses they should be on cords and hung at the side of the bed.
  • Freestanding tubs typically are not installed near a wall, so they need special plumbing.
  • To keep these plants thriving, they installed an irrigation system.
  • Atop one wall, she installed a dramatic rusted-steel fence that curves around and cants toward the patio.
  • Boards were installed between existing beams to make artful bookshelves.
  • The system should be installed after the lawn area has been graded.
  • Pervious concrete should not be installed on slopes without special engineering.
  • We installed that package of bees a little over a month ago.
  • Reflective window films have been installed on some buildings to minimize energy use.
  • The bluestones were later installed inside the sarsen ring.
British Dictionary definitions for installed


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 installed



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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