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


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)

Other Words from insert


inserter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the union will be run entirely by store workers, there is no outside labor organization that could insert itself between the two sides. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Additionally, the integrity of user data is damaged to the extent that an attacker can insert malicious files of their choice which pass all authenticity checks of the client. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 21 June 2022 As technology improved by leaps and bounds, the next big step was to create an entire character digitally and insert them into real-time footage. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 27 July 2022 Knowing when to not touch something or insert yourself is a critical skill of leadership. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2022 Many of the very best shows on TV were honored with Emmy nominations this morning, from Succession to Hacks to Abbott Elementary to insert-your-own-favorite-show-and-please-don’t-yell-at-me-for-mentioning-it. Emma Specter, Vogue, 12 July 2022 The governor’s decision to insert himself into local, and non-partisan, school board races is unprecedented in modern Florida politics. Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel, 27 June 2022 Coach Billy Donovan’s decision to insert Caruso into the starting lineup in place of Javonte Green was one of the keys to the Bulls snapping the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak. Paul Sullivan,, 15 Nov. 2021 But the issue does not appear settled, and the Iranian decision to insert fuel into the advanced centrifuges, called the IR-2 and the IR-4, could easily be seen as a provocation. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's because the insert is wrapped in 100% organic cotton that prevents feathers from escaping. Tanya Edwards, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 June 2022 Always check the care instructions for your insert before buying. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 Weighing 38 to 44 pounds, they are made of common green granite with an insert of blue hone granite that is better suited for sliding on ice. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 The soft, quick-drying, removable footbed comes with a gel insert and a dual-density anatomical polyurethane construction, which works with the high-rebound EVA midsole for solid comfort. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 The bezel has a stainless steel insert that’s engraved and then colored in with a laser treatment. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2022 The shoes were wrapped in black paper and each had a plastic insert to maintain their optimum shape during shipment. David Hochman, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Franchot has put his face on the cover of the insert for the past decade, riffing off pop culture to draw attention to what’s currently more than $83 million in unclaimed property in the state’s possession. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 29 May 2022 But if the Empire insert is larger — say, luncheon plate size or even larger — that value might jump to the $175 to $225 range. Tribune News Service, al, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insert


1529, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insert


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

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More Definitions for insert


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.


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


intransitive verb
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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