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verb in·sert \in-ˈsərt\

Simple Definition of insert

  • : to put (something) in something

  • : to cause (someone) to be involved in an activity

Full Definition of insert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put or thrust in <insert the key in the lock>

  3. 2 :  to put or introduce into the body of something :  interpolate <insert a change in a manuscript>

  4. 3 :  to set in and make fast; especially :  to insert by sewing between two cut edges

  5. 4 :  to place into action (as in a game) <insert a new pitcher>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. of a muscle :  to be in attachment to the part to be moved

in·sert·er noun

Examples of insert

  1. Insert your credit card here.

  2. You need to insert a comma between these two words.

  3. insert a space between paragraphs

  4. They tried to insert themselves into the conversation.

Origin of insert

Latin insertus, past participle of inserere, from in- + serere to join — more at series

First Known Use: 1529

Synonym Discussion of insert

introduce, insert, insinuate, interpolate, intercalate, interpose, interject mean to put between or among others. introduce is a general term for bringing or placing a thing or person into a group or body already in existence <introduced a new topic into the conversation>. insert implies putting into a fixed or open space between or among <inserted a clause in the contract>. insinuate implies introducing gradually or by gentle pressure <insinuated himself into the group>. interpolate applies to the inserting of something extraneous or spurious <interpolated her own comments into the report>. intercalate suggests an intrusive inserting of something in an existing series or sequence <new chapters intercalated with the old>. interpose suggests inserting an obstruction or cause of delay <interpose barriers to communication>. interject implies an abrupt or forced introduction <interjected a question>.



noun in·sert \ˈin-ˌsərt\

Simple Definition of insert

  • : something that is put into something else; especially : a small section or piece of paper with information that is placed inside something

Full Definition of insert

  1. :  something that is inserted; especially :  written or printed material inserted (as between the leaves of a book)

Examples of insert

  1. The pot comes with an insert for steaming.

  2. advertising inserts in the Sunday paper

  3. Each box includes an insert explaining the product's proper use.

Circa 1889

First Known Use of insert

circa 1889

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb in·sert \in-ˈsərt\

Medical Definition of insert

  1. of a muscle :  to be in attachment to the part to be moved

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