verb (used with object)
- to place in position or connect for service or use: to install a heating system; to install software on a computer.
- to establish in an office, position, or place: to install oneself in new quarters.
- to induct into an office or the like with ceremonies or formalities.
verb -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling or -stalled (tr)
- to place (machinery, equipment, etc) in position and connect and adjust for use
- to transfer (computer software) from a distribution file to a permanent location on disk, and prepare it for its particular environment and application
- to put in a position, rank, etc
- to settle (a person, esp oneself) in a position or stateshe installed herself in an armchair
early 15c., “place in (ecclesiastical) office by seating in an official stall,” from Medieval Latin installare, from Latin in- “in” (see in- (2)) + Medieval Latin stallum “stall,” from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stal “standing place;” see stall (n.1)). Related: Installed; installing.