Definition of install in English:

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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;
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;
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


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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Syllabification: in·stall

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