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

After a steel pipe is inserted, cemented into place and perforated in the target spot, the hole is pressurized by injecting a combination of sand, water and chemicals. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 Some logic could also be inserted to consider the reliability of the AOA readings when the plane is still on the ground. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 If all goes according to plan and the embryo is achieved, it will be inserted into a southern white rhino, who will incubate the baby. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 It was inserted in part because Michelle Yeoh, who delivers an amazing steel-and-silk performance as the movie’s main antagonist, refused to play the stock villainous tiger mom from the book. Jeff Yang, Vox, "The symbolism of Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene, explained," 20 Aug. 2018 Drains are inserted to prevent fluid from pooling and impeding this process. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 Gabriel Somi was inserted in place of Claude Dielna, who passed his fitness test Saturday morning but was only able to last the first 45 minutes before being pulled. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution, Sounders end in scoreless draw," 8 July 2018 In the short term, Kenney Walker or Will Seymore will likely be inserted into the starting lineup. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati vs. Ottawa Fury FC scouting report," 29 June 2018 Also, Keita Balde and Lamine Gassama are inserted in the starting lineup. Joel Petterson, New York Times, "Colombia Emerges From the World Cup Chaos, Booting Senegal," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The combo of the over-the-ear style and the different-sized inserts made constant fidgeting and adjusting unnecessary. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "These $15 Koss Fit Clips Workout Headphones Are Surprisingly Amazing," 8 May 2019 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

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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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