Definition of install in English:


(British instal)


  • 1Place or fix (equipment or machinery) in position ready for use.

    ‘we're planning to install a new shower’
    • ‘They actually recorded themselves installing the equipment on the airplane.’
    • ‘Meanwhile work will commence to install a new lift near the main reception area of the old town hall.’
    • ‘Once machinery is installed, as long as it keeps running people forget about service.’
    • ‘They had instructed people to drill a hole in the river bed after which they installed a suction pump.’
    • ‘It has been developed in partnership between Swindon Council, The Guinness Trust and Tunstall, which manufactures and installs the equipment.’
    • ‘The same is the case with automated teller machines installed by nationalised banks.’
    • ‘Not wanting to have to bother with stairs, she's installed an elevator in the middle of her house.’
    • ‘If the plans go ahead, work to install the ticket machines will begin on Friday.’
    • ‘If the car has power brakes, install a vacuum pump to operate the brake booster.’
    • ‘Friday we were without a car as Scooter Boy and his minions worked to install a chair lift in the trunk.’
    • ‘Because they got help from government agencies to install the new machinery, the mill will have paid for itself within six years.’
    • ‘In fact, maybe they should just install quiz machines like they have in pubs.’
    • ‘Then the company rents and installs the necessary equipment, brings the back-up tapes from the primary site and loads all the data into the machines - a process which takes days.’
    • ‘Drinks supplier John Smith's are also keen to install T-shaped pumps to expand the choice of beers on the bar.’
    • ‘Mr Pinkerton said the club had installed a coffee machine at the front of the club especially for the police.’
    • ‘The first lift was installed in the 1940s, making it one of the oldest ski areas in Canada.’
    • ‘He then installs the machines and drops half his labor force.’
    • ‘She installs a private elevator in her house, for use while she convalesces.’
    • ‘The company is ready to install equipment manufactured by Germany's Schuster Engineering.’
    • ‘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
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  • 2Place (someone) in a new position of authority, especially with ceremony.

    ‘he was installed as Prime Minister in 1966’
    • ‘The Taoiseach and Justice minister were among the guests at a special ceremony installing the new bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.’
    • ‘The unusual factor is that when she was 12 years old she was installed as mayoress of Umtata.’
    • ‘And a lot of people on the Hill believe that the White House was responsible for installing him.’
    • ‘Issac cannot even speak broken English, and there are efforts to install him as a coach.’
    • ‘PDG Premprecha performed the ceremonies of installing the new president.’
    • ‘Can't we just get rid of the young pretenders and instal him as King of England?’
    • ‘He said he assumed Pakistan would be represented at Saturday's ceremony installing the new government in Kabul.’
    • ‘Arroyo is only able to run for a second term because of the anti-democratic way she was installed.’
    • ‘The Condolence ceremony, for installing new leaders or for mourning, is also maintained.’
    • ‘Both will be invested and installed at a ceremony at Windsor in June.’
    • ‘In 1945 the war ended, the Japanese moved out of Korea and the Russians moved in, bringing Kim with them and installing him as a puppet leader.’
    • ‘Bimantoro attended the induction of Agum, but he skipped the ceremony installing Chaeruddin in his new post.’
    • ‘Lim shares his criticism of Arroyo with many of the people that helped install her in power.’
    • ‘But it is a big task to install him as orchestrator with so little hands-on experience.’
    • ‘Police eventually took control over the park and installed Cepeda in the director's office.’
    • ‘One First Minister has resigned and another is struggling even before he is installed.’
    • ‘Given an opportunity, the Congress will waste no time installing her and her two children as not only its leaders for life but as leaders of the nation and the Government.’
    • ‘He was installed as music editor but the plug was pulled after nine weeks.’
    • ‘He wants the US to install a puppet regime based around Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress.’
    • ‘He was installed as a Serving Brother at a ceremony in London, performed by Lord Caccia on behalf of The Queen.’
    swear in, induct, instate, inaugurate, invest, institute, introduce, appoint, admit to office, take on
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    1. 2.1Establish (someone) in a new place or condition.
      ‘Ashley installed herself behind her table’
      • ‘He had already installed her in an apartment with her two children.’
      • ‘Most of the Premier League cash went on buying out Jimmy and installing him at East End Park.’
      • ‘We were installed in a room with only a single bed in it - one of those beds with the bookcase style bedhead.’
      • ‘Enchanted, Kim, who already had two mistresses at the time, installed her at one of his villas.’
      • ‘Gio, a shirabyoshi dancer, is his chosen favorite, and he installs her in his mansion and cares for her and her family.’
      • ‘The Guardian have installed me in a room without any working electric lights.’
      • ‘Some hours later it was 10.59 pm and we were installed in the Lamb and Fox with Theakstons all round.’
      • ‘I was installed in a simply furnished but spacious air-conditioned apartment on the fourth floor.’
      • ‘Later, when Diane Chambers leaves, the beautiful but jinxed Rebecca Howe is installed behind the bar.’
      • ‘I will adopt her and install her at the same school that Laura-Anne goes to.’
      • ‘He was installed in a pharmacy owned by his father on nearby Observatory Street.’
      • ‘Shortly, he said, we would see the dog's handler take a hold on her haunches and install her in her appointed trap, backside first.’
      ensconce, establish, position, settle, seat, lodge, plant, plump
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Late Middle English (in install): from medieval Latin installare, from in- into + stallum place, stall. install dates from the mid 19th century.