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

Editors of the newsletter have inserted instead a picture of the lips of Kim Jong-um. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "San Rafael Pacifics’ personal tribute to fatherhood," 20 June 2018 Morgan has inserted himself into the life of the Lee, 95, according to the restraining order. Washington Post, "Police investigate elder abuse of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee," 14 June 2018 Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, has inserted amendments to soften the terms of departure and keep the UK economy aligned with the bloc’s. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, "UK parties divided over Brexit as businesses sound warnings," 7 June 2018 Continue to roast chicken until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reaches 165 degrees — appx. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Whatever You Do, Do NOT Tell Ina Garten About Jennifer Garner’s Favorite Soup Hack," 22 May 2018 Continue roasting the chicken, basting every 30 minutes, until its juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the thigh reaches 160 degrees. Illyanna Maisonet, San Francisco Chronicle, "The quest to preserve Puerto Rican culture with food," 21 May 2018 Guns and police use-of-force: The Sacramento shooting death of Stephon Clark by police has inserted the issues of law enforcement and police use-of-force in the governor's race. Angela Hart, sacbee, "All eyes on the last major debate in governor's race before Election Day | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 The former owners had inserted walls that threw off the symmetry, including the balance of the plaster ceiling medallions where Adelman’s chandeliers would, of course, take center stage. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Lindsey Adelman's Park Slope Home Doubles as a Constantly Revolving Showcase," 27 Apr. 2018 The guidelines are for the third party (i.e. Facebook) that has inserted itself between and inside and around human communication. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What You Can't Say on Facebook," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most residences had a glass oval insert in the front door. Jeremy Fuchs, SI.com, "Life After Escaping the World of Human Trafficking," 10 May 2018 Slide insert into base, cover, and cook over high heat until pork is very tender and shreds easily, about 4 hours. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Slow-Cooker Roast Pork Sandwiches," 19 Mar. 2018 Carter was built with a Multi Mission Platform hull insert making it capable of launching and recovering underwater undersea vehicles, SEAL mini-submarines, and who knows what else. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Here Are All the Fighting Submarines of the U.S. Navy," 11 Apr. 2018 Add to pot insert along with half of the reserved bacon. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Coq au Vin," 19 Mar. 2018 Each seat has two fabric inserts that can be popped in and out of the plastic frame. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats," 10 July 2018 Hence, #LivingWhileBlack and its variations, #[insert action word here]WhileBlack, were born. Kristine Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "A black lawmaker was campaigning door to door in her district. A constituent called 911.," 6 July 2018 Federighi demonstrated this by snapping an image of himself on an iPhone, then having macOS detect his face in that image and auto-insert it into a photo template. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple announces macOS 10.14 “Mojave”," 4 June 2018 Love is from Oregon (insert tree-hugging joke) and played one season at UCLA. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: Kevin Love's all-around play, LeBron James' game-winner save Game 3 -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 6 May 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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More Definitions for insert

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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