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Princeton's WordNet

  1. install, instal, put in, set upverb

    set up for use

    "install the washer and dryer"; "We put in a new sink"

  2. install, instalverb

    put into an office or a position

    "the new president was installed immediately after the election"

  3. install, instal, set up, establishverb


    "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"


  1. installnoun

    Installation. (Usage originated as a truncated form of the word installation.)

  2. installnoun

    A computer software utility that is run to install a software application. Also used as an adjective.

    After inserting the disk, you need to run the install.

  3. installverb

    To connect, set up or prepare something for use

    I haven't installed the new operating system yet because of all the bugs.

  4. installverb

    To admit formally into an office, rank or position.

    He was installed as Chancellor of the University.

  5. installverb

    To establish or settle in.

    I installed myself in my usual chair by the fire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Installverb

    to set in a seat; to give a place to; establish (one) in a place

    Etymology: [F. installer, LL. installare, fr. pref. in- in + OHG. stal a place, stall, G. stall, akin to E. stall: cf. It. installare. See Stall.]

  2. Installverb

    to place in an office, rank, or order; to invest with any charge by the usual ceremonies; to instate; to induct; as, to install an ordained minister as pastor of a church; to install a college president

    Etymology: [F. installer, LL. installare, fr. pref. in- in + OHG. stal a place, stall, G. stall, akin to E. stall: cf. It. installare. See Stall.]


  1. install

    The install command is a standard Unix program used to copy files and set file permissions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Install

    Instal, in-stawl′, v.t. to place in a seat: to place in an office or order: to invest with any charge or office with the customary ceremonies.—ns. Installā′tion, the act of installing or placing in an office with ceremonies: a placing in position for use, also a general term for the complete mechanical apparatus for electric lighting, &c.; Instal′ment, the act of installing: one of the parts of a sum paid at various times: that which is produced at stated periods. [Fr.,—Low L. installarein, in, stallum, a stall—Old High Ger. stal (Ger. stall), Eng. stall.]

Editors Contribution

  1. install

    To connect or upload a piece of software, program, file or app.

    They did install the new website to ensure they could access the most up to date software and designs.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  
  2. install

    To prepare or connect.

    They did install the new kitchen.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'install' in Verbs Frequency: #543

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of install in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of install in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of install in a Sentence

  1. Ilana Dayan:

    The man who was responsible for these explosions, it becomes clear, made sure to supply to the Iranians the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed, as they install this foundation within the Natanz facility, they have no idea that it already includes an enormous amount of explosives.

  2. Rob Portman:

    I'm pleased to see that they are finally taking some actions to secure our border – now is not the time to incentivize unlawful migration or the influx of deadly fentanyl by continuing their failed policies, i call on the Biden administration to install the technology Border Patrol needs to complete their mission, close all the gaps in the border wall, and to implement policies to curb the influx of unlawful migrants and illicit narcotics.

  3. Le Pen:

    They have allowed massive immigration to install itself in France. They have unpinned the Islamic fundamentalist grenade, we are right on everything.

  4. Sameer Samat:

    Most Android devices ship with at least two app stores preinstalled, and consumers are able to install additional app stores, this openness means that even if a developer and Google do not agree on business terms the developer can still distribute on the Android platform.

  5. Sheldon Whitehouse:

    The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice — a lackey whose stated purpose, apparently, is undermining a major investigation into the president.

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