- ( transitive ) To connect, set up or prepare something for use
- ( transitive ) To admit formally into an office, rank or position .
- ( transitive ) To establish or settle in .
From Middle English installen, from Medieval Latin installō ( “to install, put in place, establish” ), from in- + stallum ( “stall” ), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *stall ( “stall, position, place” ), from Proto-Germanic *stallaz ( “place, position” ), from Proto-Indo-European *stelǝ-, *stAlǝn-, *stAlǝm- ( “stem, trunk” ). Cognate with Old High German stal ( “location, stall” ), Old English steall ( “position, stall” ), Old English onstellan ( “to institute, create, originate, establish, give the example of” ), Middle High German anstalt ( “institute” ), German anstellen ( “to conduct, employ” ), German einstellen ( “to set, adjust, position” ), Dutch aanstellen ( “to appoint, commission, institute” ), Dutch instellen ( “to set up, establish” ). More at in, stall .
Explanation of install by Wordnet Dictionary