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insert

verb in·sert \ in-ˈsərt \

Definition of insert

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

inserter

noun

Examples of insert in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of insert

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

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

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insert

noun in·sert \ ˈin-ˌsərt \

Definition of insert

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

Examples of insert in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of insert

circa 1889


INSERT Defined for English Language Learners

insert

verb

Definition of insert for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something) in something

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


insert

noun

Definition of insert for English Language Learners

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


INSERT Defined for Kids

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insert

verb in·sert \ in-ˈsərt \

Definition of insert for Students

inserted; inserting
:to put in or into
  • Insert a coin in the slot.

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insert

noun in·sert \ ˈin-ˌsərt \

Definition of insert for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

insert

intransitive verb 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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