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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INSTALLverb

    To advance to any rank or office, by placing in the seat or stall proper to that condition.

    Etymology: installer, French, in and stall.

    She reigns a goddess now among the saints,
    That whilom was the saint of shepherds light,
    And is installed now in heaven's hight. Edmund Spenser, Past.

    Cranmer is return'd with welcome,
    Install'd archbishop of Canterbury. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The king chose him master of the horse, after this he was installed of the most noble order. Henry Wotton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Installverb

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

  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

  3. 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  

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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. Candice Miller:

    Given the controversy surrounding Confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display, i am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag. And, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views.However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies.

  2. Javier Sanchez:

    We are finally at the point where we’re going to install our first baby box in the Española Fire Station and we are thrilled about that, we’re getting more awareness about what the reality is out there in the world.

  3. Tina Reddington:

    Be sure to install high-quality metal screens on all windows and provide a variety of scratching posts and perches for the cats to use.

  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. Bruce Schneier:

    It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.

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