insert

verb
in·​sert | \in-ˈsərt \
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 \

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

Some companies are now asking tariff-relief provisions be inserted into new supply agreements going forward, a request nearly unheard of before this summer, say attorneys. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Trump Tariffs Pit Auto Companies Against Each Other," 9 Nov. 2018 This is not the first time that an actor's face has been digitally inserted into a Star Wars film, though this instance is a bit more renegade than the appearances of Grand Moff Tarkin or Princess Leia in Rogue One. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Harrison Ford Starring in 'Solo' Thanks to Deepfakes," 17 Oct. 2018 But initially, safety protocols kicked in; called a scram, the protocols led to control rods being inserted into the reactors to shut down the nuclear reactions and bring the plant to a halt. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "An insider’s perspective on Fukushima and everything that came after," 5 Oct. 2018 In the future, says Vincent, modeling software might allow the company to turn patient’s data (like CT and MRI scans) into 3D models that can be inserted into the simulation. James Vincent, The Verge, "Haptic feedback is making VR surgery feel like the real thing," 14 Aug. 2018 This was fairly common practice for Dinamo players at the time, although exactly when the clause was inserted into the contract was for a long time disputed. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Luka Modric's Croatia Success Story Comes With Complications," 13 July 2018 That includes spending caps and bonding caps that were inserted into the budget by Republicans as part of the bipartisan agreement that was signed into law on Halloween. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Connecticut Bond Sale Goes Better Than Expected," 8 June 2018 There is no evidence to suggest however, that Halper was inserted into the Trump campaign, as the president has suggested. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump insists he didn't fire Comey over Russia probe, contradicting himself," 31 May 2018 There was a slight wrinkle as Grossman opened by drawing a walk, with speedster Byron Buxton being inserted as a pinch-runner. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Josh Hader does it again as the Brewers keep cruising on the road," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stir in flour and chocolate and pour batter into a 7-inch round cake or pizza pan insert, metal cake pan or foil pan. Ben Mims, WSJ, "Could This Appliance Replace Your Oven?," 16 Aug. 2018 Deep inserts—skimmers engineered to be jammed deep into the card reader slots themselves. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Credit card skimmers now need to fear the Reaper," 15 Aug. 2018 Without any inserts, both Aeons wrap beautifully around my ear and leave literal air between the pad and the ear. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "MrSpeakers Aeon Flow headphones review: songs of ice and fire," 30 July 2018 After Justin and Selena broke up (insert tear emoji here), the Biebs started spending a lot of time with Hailey, sparking relationship rumors. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship," 24 July 2018 Closer to the waterfront, the town’s Funk Zone has gone more uptown (insert Bruno Mars joke here), while retaining its didn’t-that-tasting-room-used-to-be-a-muffler-shop street cred. Peter Fish, SFChronicle.com, "Wandering Santa Barbara’s wonders more carefree when you’re car-free," 15 June 2018 The pickup will have black exterior accents, including the grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim and standard 20-inch aluminum wheels, GMC said in a media statement. Jamie Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GMC adds a tricked-out truck to its 2019 Sierra lineup," 6 June 2018 How iGen is killing [insert dubious capitalist icon here]. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "'To Be Thirteen' spotlights Post-Millennial generation at Phoenix Art Museum," 4 May 2018 The fix requires new threads in the cylinder head and that requires a thread insert. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Spark plugs blowing out in lightweight engines," 8 July 2017

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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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of insert (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is or is meant to be inserted an advertising insert

in·​sert | \in-ˈsərt \

Medical Definition of insert 

of a muscle

: to be in attachment to the part to be moved

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