Definition of install in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈstɔːl/
(British also instal)

verb (installs or instals, installing, installed)

[with object]
1Place or fix (equipment or machinery) in position ready for use: we’re planning to install a new shower
More example sentences
  • 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, put in place, set in place, fix, fit, locate, situate, station, site, lodge, establish;
informal plonk, park
2Place (someone) in a new position of authority, especially with ceremony: he was installed as Prime Minister in 1966
More example sentences
  • 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, institute, introduce, appoint, admit to office, take on;
ordain, consecrate, anoint;
enthrone, crown
2.1Establish (someone) in a new place or condition: 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, plump;
sit, sit down, take a seat, take a chair, perch
informal plonk, park
British informal take a pew


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

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