Definition of install verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    install

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɔːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they install
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɔːl//
     
    he / she / it installs
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɔːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɔːlz//
     
    past simple installed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɔːld//
     
    past participle installed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɔːld//
     
    -ing form installing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɔːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɔːlɪŋ//
     
    Computer software, Using a computer
     
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  1. 1  install something to fix equipment or furniture into position so that it can be used He's getting a phone installed tomorrow. The hotel chain has recently installed a new booking system.
  2. 2   install something to put a new program onto a computer I'll need some help installing the software. Have you got Word installed on your computer? Wordfinderanimation, application, authoring, beta version, configure, demo, install, interactive, software, spreadsheet See related entries: Computer software, Using a computer
  3. 3install somebody (as something) to put somebody in a new position of authority, often with an official ceremony He was installed as President last May.
  4. 4install somebody/yourself (+ adv./prep.) to make somebody/yourself comfortable in a particular place or position We installed ourselves in the front row.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (in sense (3)): from medieval Latin installare, from in- ‘into’ + stallum ‘place, stall’. Sense (1) dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples A professionally installed alarm will cost from about £500. An anti-theft device is installed in the vehicle. He was recently installed as president of the National Medical Association. Linux can be installed on most PCs or Macs. Make sure the equipment is properly installed. She saw her guests safely installed in their rooms and then went downstairs. The loft ladder is easily installed. The switches are cheap to buy and easy to install. They estimate that four out of five child car seats are installed improperly. Water softening units can be permanently installed into the plumbing system. a recently installed swimming pool
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