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 The mask comes with adjustable ear loops, three layers of protection and a filter pocket to insert filters PM 2.5 (not included). Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "Need a new face mask for coronavirus protection? Here are some of the best on Amazon," 25 June 2020 Scientists insert a gene into the virus that contains instructions for making the spikes. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "US taxpayers are funding six Covid vaccines. Here's how they work," 22 June 2020 The city attorney, to eliminate the ambiguity, proposed an update to Scottsdale's ethics code to insert a prohibition on anonymous gifts to council members. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale rejects ban on anonymous donations, including GoFundMe campaigns, to council members," 22 June 2020 Even the often invisible Ban Ki-moon launched Human Rights up Front, a campaign to insert the issue across the UN’s work. The Economist, "Global firefighting The UN has too much on its plate," 18 June 2020 To install, drill a pilot hole then insert the anchor and tap or screw it into place, flush against the wall. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Everything You Need to Know to Properly (and Safely) Hang a Heavy Mirror," 15 June 2020 By contrast, Abbas had dared to insert himself into the very heart of Israel’s national commemoration rituals. Omri Boehm, The New York Review of Books, "After Liberal Zionism, the One Hope for a Democratic Israel," 9 June 2020 Clay also decides to insert himself in Alex and Winston's relationship, which he's heard about from Ani. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 That’s when doctors have to insert a tube in the windpipe of someone who can’t breathe on her own. Marthe Fourcade, Bloomberg.com, "Hydroxychloroquine Works in at Least One Way: Sowing Discord," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Your photo is printed directly onto the stainless steel insert. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "30 gifts for someone dealing with grief," 25 June 2020 This suit, which comes in three colors to flatter a variety of skin tones, features flattering lines, a soft cup bra insert for support, and a ruffled bustline that adds a flirty touch to a classic silhouette. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "11 popular things to buy from Lands’ End," 1 June 2020 These custom key rings come in six different leather varieties, and a custom photo is printed directly on the stainless steel insert on the inside of the loop. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Customizable Father’s Day Gifts to Order Today," 28 May 2020 Most of the mold inserts made by Acro, which has started going by the name Metalcraft Solutions, will fit inside larger molds made by Esterle Mold & Machine in Stow and Little Tikes of Hudson. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Cleveland-area manufacturers among 19 companies helping make face shields to combat coronavirus," 9 Apr. 2020 The Navy variant will also be carried by newer Virginia-class submarines with the new Virginia Payload Module insert. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon's Hypersonic Weapon System Passes a Critical Flight Test," 24 Mar. 2020 Grease the insert of a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker with 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pan de Chocolate," 22 Oct. 2019 The black and brown interior was elegant, with black quilted seat and back inserts, center console, dash and door armrests. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Nissan’s Armada offers luxury and utility in a big family vehicle with room for 8 (auto review)," 11 Jan. 2020 The masks are 100 percent cotton, including an additional heavy weight middle insert layer for added protection, with elastic closures and are machine washable. cleveland, "New Cleveland Browns face masks for sale on Fanatics for coronavirus protection," 23 Apr. 2020

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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 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Insert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insert. Accessed 6 Jul. 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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