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 a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Orange-Chamomile Cake," 8 Mar. 2019 Working in batches to avoid crowding pan, fry chicken until a thermometer inserted at meatiest point reads 165 degrees, 9-12 minutes per side. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Host a Dinner Like a Pro," 14 Feb. 2019 Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 This typically happens three to five days following egg retrieval and fertilization, via a catheter inserted into the uterus. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018 Bake the cake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake is clean when withdrawn. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Every baker needs a simple blueberry cake for the summer table," 18 June 2018 Despite being in and out of hospitals since the age of 16, one of Harmon Clarke’s biggest fears is having an intravenous line inserted into his arm. Meeri Kim, courant.com, "Virtual Reality Helps Patients Ease Stress And Pain," 12 June 2018 Despite being in and out of hospitals since the age of 16, one of Harmon Clarke’s biggest fears is having an intravenous line inserted into his arm. Meeri Kim, Washington Post, "Virtual reality is being used by hospitals to help people cope with pain," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lisa makes custom acrylic vanity trays with the same inserts. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Chic Closet Is Filled With Hidden Storage Tricks," 29 Nov. 2018 Similar to Snapchat and other AR features, Playground lets users insert animations, moving images, and other interactive features into their photos and videos. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google announces successor to Pixel 2, the new Pixel 3 smartphone," 9 Oct. 2018 Line the steamer insert with a layer of husks, then arrange tamales upright in the steamer, open sides up. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Strawberry Tamales," 11 June 2018 The pristine insert appears new, but the jewel case shows otherwise, with a crack along one side proving years of use. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "A ‘Cosmic Evening’ with tomorrow’s stars at Texas Music Festival," 6 June 2018 Add the asparagus to the steamer insert or basket, cover, and steam until tender, about 30 seconds for strips and about 3 minutes for pieces. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "'Fixer Upper' host Joanna Gaines' cookbook has plenty of family appeal," 24 Apr. 2018 Other features included leather upholstery with Nubuck inserts, Harman Kardon audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, panoramic sunroof and more. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018 Sleep Number says one to two inserts are good for stomach sleepers, but back and side sleepers might need to add a third. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Build Your Best Bed Ever," 26 Oct. 2018 Regardless of occasional inserts of green spaces or parks, the orientation of individual lots and the layout of branching arterials and cul-de-sacs often show no environmental consideration or orientation to reap solar or wind benefits. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018

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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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The first known use of insert was in 1529

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insert

verb

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

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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