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

Chelsea inserted a buy-back clause when Hazard left the club for 'Gladbach in 2015, however the clause has now expired - meaning that the Blues will not have first refusal on their former starlet. SI.com, "Leicester Linked With Move for Belgium International to Replace Wantaway Winger Riyad Mahrez," 13 June 2018 Savarese inserted Asprilla into the match as a substitute in the 78th minute. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese vague in discussing Liam Ridgewell's status for home opener," 10 Apr. 2018 Stars have inserted language in their contracts giving them approval over everything from the short video that plays when users hover over a photo to the trailers promoting Netflix shows and movies. Joe Flint, WSJ, "At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?," 10 Nov. 2018 An instance similar to the Tylenol murders also occurred in Japan in 1985, when 10 people were killed and 35 were left seriously ill from a poisonous herbicide that had been inserted into beverages in vending machines. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Needles in strawberries, cyanide in Tylenol: the long history of product tampering," 21 Sep. 2018 At the back of the book, Hayes has inserted an index of first lines for each section. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018 Fair warning, though; when using any kind of Ipsum engine, check that nobody has inserted anything inappropriate for your audience (jokes, naughty words, etc.). Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Mr. Marketing: A tastier Lorem Ipsum text," 14 June 2018 Your andromeda and azaleas have lace bugs, an insect that inserts its feeding tube into the leaf and sucks out the contents of plant cells. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to keep lace bugs from turning your plants yellow," 17 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kapler’s immediate solution to McCutchen’s departure was to move Sean Rodriguez from left field to center field and insert newcomer Jay Bruce into left field for his Phillies debut. Bob Brookover, https://www.inquirer.com, "Phillies lose fifth straight and outfielder Andrew McCutchen to injury; Manny Machado’s grand slam leads Padres," 4 June 2019 Standard interior touches include the new AMG Performance flat-bottom steering wheel and the AMG Night package, which brings high-gloss black shift paddles, steering-wheel spokes, and seat insert. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 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

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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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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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