insert

verb
in·​sert | \ in-ˈsərt How to pronounce insert (audio) \
inserted; inserting; inserts

Definition of insert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put or thrust in insert the key in the lock
2 : to put or introduce into the body of something : interpolate insert a change in a manuscript
3 : to set in and make fast especially : to insert by sewing between two cut edges
4 : to place into action (as in a game) insert a new pitcher

intransitive verb

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

insert

noun
in·​sert | \ ˈin-ˌsərt How to pronounce insert (audio) \

Definition of insert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from insert

Verb

inserter noun

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Verb

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

Examples of insert in a Sentence

Verb Insert your credit card here. You need to insert a comma between these two words. insert a space between paragraphs They tried to insert themselves into the conversation. Noun The pot comes with an insert for steaming. advertising inserts in the Sunday paper Each box includes an insert explaining the product's proper use.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bake until center is firm and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Skillet Cornbread," 25 Mar. 2020 The hospital had used two different methods to test for coronavirus: sputum samples and swabs inserted into the nose. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "What went wrong with Tuscaloosa coronavirus tests? Hospital changes course after unusable samples," 21 Mar. 2020 Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into thickest part comes out clean, 28 to 33 minutes. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Snowy Road Bars," 3 Dec. 2019 The implant, inserted into a skin fold in his lower abdomen, was designed to slowly release Naltrexone for 90 days. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Former opioid addict says implant changed his life, but critics call him a "guinea pig"," 27 Nov. 2019 Bake until juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165º, about 1 hour, 20 minutes. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Build Your Thanksgiving Menu with These Food & Cocktail Recipes from Your Favorite Celebs," 22 Nov. 2019 Artists have been depicting the poor and marginal for centuries, sometimes as colorful figures inserted into social scenes for the amusement of well-to-do patrons and collectors. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "A new generation of portraits asks: Can you see these people?," 19 Nov. 2019 Clark was the first backup QB inserted into the 52-10 win over Maryland on Oct. 26. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "With QB Tanner Morgan questionable, Gophers might turn to true freshmen," 18 Nov. 2019 Create a 1-inch-wide tenon on the side of the leg that will be inserted into the stool. Popular Science, "Build the three-legged stool you didn’t know your home needed," 25 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cloth seats are attractive, featuring a diamond pattern on the inserts that's echoed on the Escape's door panels. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Ford's New Escape Leaves a Bitter Aftertaste," 27 Jan. 2020 Izobrulo Polylight created this modern spin on the old insert-your-head-into-a-giant-picture trick. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Scottsdale's Canal Convergence: What to see, do at the photo-friendly public art display," 4 Nov. 2019 Screw the lids on loosely and set on a rack in the insert of the Instant Pot. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "How to Instant Pot your picnic, with recipes for pate, savory cheesecake and dessert," 18 July 2019 Also allowed are plastic cookie tray inserts and clamshell packaging. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "Tessa Majors Murder: 3 Middle School Classmates Are Charged," 20 Feb. 2020 To bolster the insulation, Keen deploys its three-layer Heat Trapolator technology at the sole that combines rubber, reflective Mylar, and an antimicrobial felt insert to trap even more heat. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "We Found Six Great Boots at Outdoor Retailer for Every Winter Adventure," 5 Feb. 2020 One of the goals is to catch silver carp and insert sonic tags to allow the tracking of the fish movements. Frank Sargeant, al, "Warning to anglers: Invasive carp moving up Tennessee River," 22 Jan. 2020 Pierce sides of striped gourd with awl and insert black-painted stick arms. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Monster Mash-Up Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019 Still, with women raving about freezable bra inserts, and companies offering freezable underwear for men, there's undoubtedly a market for personal cooling technology. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Here's a cool new product: Sony's wearable air conditioner may make you 23 degrees cooler," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of insert

Verb

1529, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insert

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for insert

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The first known use of insert was in 1529

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Last Updated

29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Insert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insert. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for insert

insert

verb
How to pronounce insert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of insert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (something) in something
: to cause (someone) to be involved in an activity

insert

noun
How to pronounce insert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of insert (Entry 2 of 2)

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

insert

verb
in·​sert | \ in-ˈsərt How to pronounce insert (audio) \
inserted; inserting

Kids Definition of insert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put in or into Insert a coin in the slot.

insert

noun
in·​sert | \ ˈin-ˌsərt How to pronounce insert (audio) \

Kids Definition of insert (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is or is meant to be inserted an advertising insert
in·​sert | \ in-ˈsərt How to pronounce insert (audio) \

Medical Definition of insert

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

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