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verb [transitive] [often passive] install pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈstɔːl/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinstalling
past tenseinstalled
past participleinstalled
  1. 1
    to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use

    Crime has decreased since the security cameras were installed.

    Have you installed a smoke alarm in your office?

    have something installed:

    We've had a second phone line installed.

    newly/recently installed:

    a newly installed gas central heating system

    1. a.
      computing to put a new program or piece of software into a computer so that you can use it

      It's important to install a virus checker.

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  2. 2
    to officially put someone in an important job or position
    install someone as something:

    She was installed as the first woman chancellor of the university.

    install someone in office:

    the revolt that installed Aquino in office in 1986

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of install
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of install
  3. 3
    to put someone somewhere
    install yourself:

    On reaching the workshop, Ashley installed herself behind her table.

    comfortably/safely installed:

    So here I am, comfortably installed in my new office.

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