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Definition of the noun install

What does install mean as a name of something?


  1. [informal] Installation. (Usage originated as a truncated form of the word installation.)
  2. [computing] [sense, jargon] A computer software utility that is run to install a software application. Also used as an adjective.

Definition of the verb install

What does install mean as a doing word?

Install is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: installed, installing

  1. set up for use
    • examples: install the washer and dryer | They want to install the doors
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I stashed the book
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): bury, deposit, embed, insert, park, plant, stash, stow.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • alternative spelling: instal
    • synonyms of install: put in / set up
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific terms:
      • retrofit = fit in or on an existing structure, such as an older house
      • reinstall = install again
      • put up / post = place so as to be noticed
  2. put into an office or a position
    • example: the new president was installed immediately after the election
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]They elected John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]We elected him as governor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate, not sentential clause]We elected Alan to be our new governor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]We elected him governor

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): adopt, appoint, coronate, crown, designate, elect, mark, name, nominate, ordain, proclaim, reelect, upgrade, want.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • alternative spelling: instal
    • more specific words:
  3. place


"Install" is a film.

  • country: Japan
  • language: Japanese Language
  • genre: Japanese Movies


Install is a record label.


The install command is a Unix program used to copy files and set file permissions. Some implementations offer to invoke strip while installing executable files.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Install

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Google previewOracle 11i E-Business Suite from the Front Lines (2003)

by April J. Wells

Rapid Install is a Java interface, similar to runInstaller that you would typically use to install an Oracle...

Rapid Install is an X Windows-based utility, much like runInstaller, and cannot be run in character mode. It also requires that you set your ...

Google previewMoving to Linux (2004)

Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! by Marcel Gagné

A standard Mandrake install is a Workstation install and that's where the emphasis is placed with the defaults. Office Workstation is automatically selected as is Internet Station. That means you get your word processors and spreadsheets as ...

Google previewThe Hunting & Fishing Camp Builder's Guide (2012)

A Complete Guide to Building Your Own Outdoor Lodge by Monte Burch

Panel Siding The quickest and easiest to install is a panel siding such as Louisiana Pacific SmartSiding. The 4 x 8-foot sheets come primed and if using a coil air gun and compressor they can be installed very quickly. They do require a helper ...

Google previewDeploying Cloud Components on POWER (2011)

by Mike Buzzetti, James Kuchler, Thanh Lam, Charlie Lawrence, Sean M. Swehla, IBM Redbooks

Because the BOS install is a remote install, we selected Setup Remote IPL (Initial Program Load). Figure 3-59 shows selecting the Interpartition Logical LAN. For Figure 3-59, type 1, which was the only Interpartition Logical LAN that was ...

Google previewHow to Earn $50000+ a Year With Your Home Computer (2002)

Over 100 Income-Producing Project by Phil Philcox

install a backup system in a client's computer, buy the necessary equipment, and get paid for sales, installation, and configuration. The easiest system to install is a tape that's attached to a port on the computer and activated THE PROJECTS ...

Google previewDotNetNuke For Dummies (2011)

by Lorraine Young, Philip Beadle, Scott Willhite, Chris Paterra

After you have the FTP login information, the next item on the agenda is to take the unzipped DotNetNuke install and transfer the extracted files to the Web server . An unzipped DotNetNuke install is the set of files extracted from the DotNetNuke ...

Google previewMicrosoft ISA Server 2006 Unleashed (2007)

by Michael Noel

For a quick and easy update process, Express Install is the way to go. To continue with the installation, perform the following steps: 1. Click on Express Install to begin the patching process. 2. Depending on Internet Explorer settings, a prompt ...

Google previewMicrosoft SharePoint 2007 Unleashed (2007)

by Colin Spence, Michael Noel

For a quickandeasy update process, Express Install is the way to go. To continue with the installation, perform the following steps: 1. Click Express Install to begin the patching process. 2. Depending on Internet Explorer settings, a prompt might ...

Google previewCareer Discovery Encyclopedia (2009)

by Ferguson

Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, waste, and ventilation systems in homes and commercial buildings. They also install fixtures such as sinks and toilets and appliances such as washing machines. Plumbers may fix broken or rusted ...

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1992)

Volume 5 - Crystal and Ceramic Filters to Digital-Loop Carrier by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

floor duct Underfloor Gives mechanical protection duct Reduces electrical interference Increases security Preserves appearance Raised floor Preserves appearance Flexible Easy to install Ample cable capacity Easy access to wiring Easy to ...

Google previewDictionary of Food Compounds with CD-ROM (2003)

Additives, Flavors, and Ingredients by Shmuel Yannai

INSTALL If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on your PC, you may install it at this point to access this manual and the database introduction in PDF format. Check that the path to your CD-ROM drive is correct and then ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1979)

Volume 10 - Coking to Computer by John J. McKetta Jr

Install new gaskets. 3. Install complete set of reconditioned valves. 4. Where spring-loaded valves are installed, check seating surfaces on both valves and cylinder parts.

Google previewConcise Oxford English Dictionary (2011)

CD-ROM Edition, Windows/Mac Individual User Version 1.0 by Oxford Dictionaries,

and then type D:\install.exe (where D:\ is the letter ofyour CD-ROM drive). 3. Follow the instructions given by the installation program and COED12 is installed into a ...

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Usage statistics about install

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb install:


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Quotes about Install

Can you imagine what Bush would say if someone like Hugo Chavez asked him for a little piece of land to install a military base, and he only wanted to plant a Venezuelan flag there? (Jose Saramago)
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Scrabble value of I1N1S1T1A1L1L1

The value of this 7-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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