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

Choose the Right Synonym for insert

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

Some companies running trials have inserted guidance about such communications in the consent forms that study participants sign. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "A Question of Control," 16 May 2019 For example, while some people might prefer an applicator to insert a tampon more easily, others might want to use their hands with a non-applicator. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are You Having Trouble Using a Tampon? We Asked an Expert," 26 Mar. 2019 First, using a pair of clean scissors, insert one blade into head-end of shrimp and snip along backside all the way to the tail to expose the vein. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Shrimp and No-Stir Grits," 14 May 2018 Doctors inserted two plates and 13 screws to repair it. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Undrafted, unsigned Chad Beebe takes chance at pros in rookie mini-camps for Vikings, Colts," 6 May 2018 In the space between the tires, debris from the hurricane is inserted as insulation and sealed with cement. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "In hurricane’s aftermath, Puerto Rico moves from survival to revival," 20 Apr. 2018 In addition, moments from the film are being inserted into the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage presentation and into Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, a fireworks and projection show. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Star Wars: Galactic Nights will have 'Solo' elements, Disney says," 4 Apr. 2018 Ballet is a rigorous physical vocabulary, but Sanchez crosses gender and cultural borders by inserting her male relative into this predominantly feminine, Eurocentric field. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Gabriella Sanchez spells out her resistance to Eurocentric art," 1 July 2019 Earlier this month, Trump also inserted a three-day detour to his golf club in Ireland between official trips to the United Kingdom and France - taking Trump and his aides hundreds of miles out of the way. Anchorage Daily News, "Money follows Trump when he visits his clubs, as Republicans and officials pay to be with him," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bulky devices attach to the inside of an elevator’s swing door and fill the additional space, like a foam insert in a box. Washington Post, "Home elevators have killed and injured kids for decades. Safety regulators won’t order a simple fix.," 18 July 2019 But first, [insert streaming service] and chill: A new month means new TV shows and movies available to stream on Netflix and elsewhere. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The 15-year-old who beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon 🎾," 1 July 2019 Before recommending joint replacement, doctors often tell patients to try exercise, physical therapy, weight loss, supportive shoe inserts or steroid injections, Garlich said. STAT, "Employers are steering workers toward a controversial stem cell therapy," 20 June 2019 Before recommending joint replacement, doctors often tell patients to try exercise, physical therapy, weight loss, supportive shoe inserts or steroid injections, Garlich says. Time, "Employers Are Steering Workers Toward Controversial Stem Cell Therapies," 19 June 2019 In the dining area, a round table sits on a square carpet with a circular insert. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Darren Star’s New York Loft is Not What You Would Expect from the Sex and the City Creator," 16 Apr. 2019 Overlays and deep inserts are by far the most common types of skimmers—and are increasingly difficult to detect. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Credit card skimmers now need to fear the Reaper," 15 Aug. 2018 Golunov was then told to remove all his clothes, remove the inserts from his shoes, and lower his underwear to his knees. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Arrest of a Russian Investigative Journalist Prompts Outrage and Solidarity," 10 June 2019 Your mechanic is right that the insert should not fail again. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Toyota Camry seems to swallow driver’s credit card," 9 June 2019

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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 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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