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Meaning of “install” in the English Dictionary

"install" in British English

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installverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈstɔːl/  us   /-ˈstɑːl/
  • install verb [T] (READY TO USE)

B1 to put ​furniture, a ​machine, or a ​piece of ​equipment into ​position and make it ​ready to use: The ​plumber is coming ​tomorrow to install the new ​washingmachine.B1 specialized computing to put a ​computerprogram onto a ​computer so that the ​computer can use it: Andrew, can you ​help me install this ​software?

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  • install verb [T] (GIVE JOB)

to put someone in an ​importantjob or ​position: She has installed a ​couple of ​youngacademics as her ​advisers.
  • install verb [T] (PLACE)

install sb/yourself in/at somewhere UK to put someone/yourself in a ​comfortableposition where you ​want to ​stay: He ​seems to have installed himself inyourspareroom for good!
(Definition of install from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"install" in American English

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installverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈstɔl/
  • install verb [T] (PUT IN)

to put something in ​place so that it is ​ready for use: We’re having a new ​tilefloor installed in the ​kitchen. When you install ​computersoftware, you ​copy it onto ​yourcomputer so that it can be used.
  • install verb [T] (PLACE IN JOB)

to ​place someone ​formally in an ​officialjob of high ​rank: The new ​president of the ​university was installed before the ​graduationceremony.
(Definition of install from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"install" in Business English

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installverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈstɔːl/
IT to put a ​computerprogram onto a ​computer so that the ​computer can use it: to install ​software
to put furniture, a ​machine, or a ​piece of ​equipment into ​position and make it ​ready to use: The ​company would like to install wind ​turbines on the hill.have sth installed The ​firm is having a new ​securitysystem installed.
to put someone in an ​officialposition: install sb as sth He was installed as ​chiefjustice of the ​state Supreme Court. The new ​company will be ​headed up by Jo Riley, who will be installed as Managing Director.
(Definition of install from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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