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

Sprinkle over brownie batter and bake until brownies are set and toothpick inserted 2 in. from center comes out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs attached, 50 to 55 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Derby Pie Brownies," 29 Apr. 2019 Reyes, called up earlier Friday and inserted into a tie game against Arizona, earned a victory in relief in his major league debut as the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 2-1. Jose M. Romero, The Seattle Times, "Machado, Paddack power 1st-place Padres past Diamondbacks," 12 Apr. 2019 Throughout Season 9, however, the police procedural has been carefully inserting Danny's (Donnie Wahlberg) wife back into the storyline. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints It's Bringing Back the Person Who's Behind Linda Reagan's Death," 8 Mar. 2019 Other people use a device called a continuous glucose monitor, which relies on a sensor that’s inserted under your skin. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 There’s an alternative 2FA method that doesn’t receive as much attention: a physical hardware dongle, like a YubiKey, that authenticates by being physically inserted into your PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "You can now use your Android phone as a security dongle for two-factor authentication," 10 Apr. 2019 The formal declaration by Mr. Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, was encouraging to advocates for the system that Gov. Andrew Cuomo inserted into his proposed $175 billion budget. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York’s State Assembly Joins Cuomo in Supporting Congestion Pricing," 25 Mar. 2019 Bake just until set around the edge but still wobbly in the center, and a knife inserted into the center comes out with no runny eggs attached, 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche," 8 Mar. 2019 This involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That aching back is hard to fix, but here are a few things to try," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are pans designed just for using in the Instant Pot on the market, and also some silicone slings and other inserts designed for cooking specific foods, such as eggs, and lifting foods from the machine. Katie Workman, The Seattle Times, "Which to buy? A slow cooker or Instant Pot?," 29 Mar. 2019 SkimReaper is aimed specifically at overlays and inserts. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Credit card skimmers now need to fear the Reaper," 15 Aug. 2018 Pro tip: Swap out rubber inserts for silicone ones, which Colvin says last longer. Talia Abbas, SELF, "13 Mistakes You’re Making When Using an Eyelash Curler," 30 Jan. 2019 The long-lasting customizable inserts are installed by a professional right over your existing bathtub and tile, so there’s no serious demo required. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Bath Planet by BCI," 5 Apr. 2019 This comforter is designed to be comfy on its own or to be used as a duvet insert. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can find right now," 23 Jan. 2018 My goals from therapy are [insert said goals here]. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Break Up With Your Therapist," 9 Mar. 2019 Lisa makes custom acrylic vanity trays with the same inserts. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Chic Closet Is Filled With Hidden Storage Tricks," 29 Nov. 2018 Similar to Snapchat and other AR features, Playground lets users insert animations, moving images, and other interactive features into their photos and videos. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google announces successor to Pixel 2, the new Pixel 3 smartphone," 9 Oct. 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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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 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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