Meaning of “install” in the English Dictionary

"install" in British English

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installverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈstɔːl/ us /ɪnˈstɑːl/

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 washing machine.

B1 specialized computing to put a computer program onto a computer so that the computer can use it:

Andrew, can you help me install this software?

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  • We will install your washing machine free of charge/for free.
  • They gave us a long spiel about why we needed to install double glazing in our house.
  • It would cause a tremendous upheaval to install a different computer system.
  • Local residents are asking for speed humps to be installed in their street.
  • When we installed the central heating, we put a radiator in every room.

(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 tile floor installed in the kitchen.

When you install computer software, you copy it onto your computer so that it can be used.

install verb [ T ] (PLACE IN JOB)

to place someone formally in an official job of high rank:

The new president of the university was installed before the graduation ceremony.

(Definition of “install” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"install" in Business English

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installverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈstɔːl/ us

IT to put a computer program 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 security system installed.

to put someone in an official position:

install sb as sth He was installed as chief justice 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)