Definition of install in English:


Syllabification: in·stall
Pronunciation: /inˈstôl
(British also instal)

verb (installs or British instals, installing, installed)

[with object]
  • 1Place or fix (equipment or machinery) in position ready for use: we’re planning to install a new shower
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    • The company is ready to install equipment manufactured by Germany's Schuster Engineering.
    • Because they got help from government agencies to install the new machinery, the mill will have paid for itself within six years.
    • Residents said Southern Electric was quick to respond and installed new machinery.
    put, position, place, locate, situate, station, site, lodge; insert
  • 1.1Load (software) into a computer: you may want to install a new version of the program
  • 2Place (someone) in a new position of authority, especially with ceremony: he was installed as music director at the Cathedral of St. Barbara in Cracow
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    • He was installed as music editor but the plug was pulled after nine weeks.
    • He was installed as a Serving Brother at a ceremony in London, performed by Lord Caccia on behalf of The Queen.
    • Bimantoro attended the induction of Agum, but he skipped the ceremony installing Chaeruddin in his new post.
    swear in, induct, instate, inaugurate, invest; appoint; ordain, consecrate, anoint; enthrone, crown
  • 2.1Establish (someone) in a new place, condition, or role: Ashley installed herself behind her table
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    • Later, when Diane Chambers leaves, the beautiful but jinxed Rebecca Howe is installed behind the bar.
    • Most of the Premier League cash went on buying out Jimmy and installing him at East End Park.
    • I was installed in a simply furnished but spacious air-conditioned apartment on the fourth floor.
    ensconce, establish, position, settle, seat, lodge, plant; sit (down)
    informal plonk, park



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  • The issue would appear to be one of incorrect installation and this is being further investigated with the manufacturers and installers.
  • It was a painful process - making sure I was home for the installers, plumbers and electricians and juggling that with all the stuff I had to do during the week.
  • The CORGI system of registering gas installers and repairers has in the last five years led to a general tightening up and improvement in standards, he points out.


late Middle English (sense 2): from medieval Latin installare, from in- 'into' + stallum 'place, stall'. sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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