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 Former President Barack Obama, the most popular Democrat in America, inserted himself into the 2020 primary in recent days by warning candidates against moving too far to the left. Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "7 key questions heading into tonight’s Democratic presidential debate," 20 Nov. 2019 Beilein inserted rookie Porter into the starting lineup for the first time in his young career. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers get unfriendly reminder of Kevin Love’s importance in 123-105 blowout loss to New York Knicks," 19 Nov. 2019 Please insert your chess versus checkers jokes here. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Colin Kaepernick Holds His Own Workout," 18 Nov. 2019 With senior linebacker Joe Bachie awaiting his appeal after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, sophomore Noah Harvey was inserted into the starting lineup, but in a different capacity than expected. Chase Michaelson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football begins to turn the page to the future as younger players impress," 10 Nov. 2019 Paul has inserted himself into the impeachment drama by demanding news outlets publish the name of the whistleblowerwho revealed information about Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul says new infrastructure bill will fund what 'Congress can't find the will to do'," 9 Nov. 2019 That port — called a picc line, short for peripherally inserted central catheter — stayed in Andrew’s arm for more than a year. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: With Tyler Trent's legacy, Purdue welcomes Texas' leukemia survivor Andrew Jones with open arms," 9 Nov. 2019 Coach Steve Clifford inserted Fultz into the starting lineup before last Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets and moved D.J. Augustin to the back-up role to help balance the offense of the first and second units. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic’s Markelle Fultz should see minutes go up as season progresses," 8 Nov. 2019 So a pin would normally be inserted into that loop and secured. William Harwood, CBS News, "Boeing identifies rigging problem with Starliner parachute," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This has unique front styling, with optimized aerodynamics and a polycarbonate insert that ticks the box in your brain that expects to find a grille at the front of a car. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Watch out, Tesla—Ford gets serious with Mustang Mach-E electric crossover," 18 Nov. 2019 Senior Quinn Kindbom, an Indiana University commit, fired a shot off a corner insert from Ashlee Buscher that was nicked by the Indians’ goalkeeper but squeaked into the cage. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "River Hill field hockey advances to 3A semifinals with win over Franklin," 2 Nov. 2019 And because weighted blankets are hugely popular right now, Big Blanket Co also offers a weighted option with a removable insert—in case the original version’s 11 pounds are not enough for you. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "You Might Need This 10'x10' Blanket to Survive the Winter," 31 Oct. 2019 Finally, Dansby went to a body modification shop to have a professional piercer insert the implant into her arm through a hollow needle. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why This Software Engineer Implanted a Tesla Valet Key Into Her Arm," 14 Aug. 2019 But most of the latter are influenced by abstraction, and one of the former inserts historical imagery into minimalist color fields. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Dickson Carroll puts fun and folly in form and function," 21 June 2019 John Drury recently bought a bulletproof backpack insert for his son, Peyton. NBC News, "Bulletproof backpacks wouldn't have saved anyone in recent shootings," 21 Aug. 2019 After months of deliberation, Raquel Donahue bought a bullet-resistant backpack insert for her 6-year-old son. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "Covered in princesses — and bulletproof: Inside the booming business of everyday ballistic gear," 13 Aug. 2019 After months of deliberation, Raquel Donahue bought a bullet-resistant backpack insert for her 6-year-old son. Washington Post, "Covered in princesses — and bulletproof: Inside the booming business of everyday ballistic gear," 12 Aug. 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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Last Updated

23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Insert.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insert?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=insert02. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for insert

insert

verb
How to pronounce insert (audio)

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
How to pronounce insert (audio)

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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