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 Bake, rotating once, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Towering Haunted House Cake," 6 Sep. 2019 Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting," 27 Aug. 2019 Bake for 40 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out mostly clean. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Walnut zucchini cake is a sweet way to use up your summer squash," 15 Aug. 2019 Transfer mixture to prepared pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies," 6 Aug. 2019 Smooth the tops and bake (middle rack) for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a moist crumb or two. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "When you want a savory breakfast, these decadent muffins deliver," 10 June 2019 Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake covered for 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Hearty, make-ahead egg casserole for Father’s Day," 6 June 2019 Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 Divide batter among muffin-pan cups (about 1/4 cup each) and bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The first insert is set in Cleveland in 1957, where a doctor tests a new radium gun on a young boy suffering from cancer. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Radioactive': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 The backpacks sell from about $120 to $490, and inserts range from $129 to $149. Time, "Sales Of Controversial Bulletproof Backpacks Rise After Mass Shootings in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy," 13 Aug. 2019 Place in freezer and insert wooden popsicle sticks in the center halfway through freezing. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: Easy mango popsicles," 28 June 2019 If Rhodes or Waynes need a break, the Vikings could put slot back Mackensie Alexander on the outside and insert safety Jayron Kearse at nickel. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings rookie CB Kris Boyd could face daunting first-game foe in Falcons QB Matt Ryan," 6 Sep. 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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Time Traveler for insert

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The first known use of insert was in 1529

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Last Updated

12 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Insert.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inserting. Accessed 21 November 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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