re·​in·​sert (ˌ)rē-in-ˈsərt How to pronounce reinsert (audio)
reinserted; reinserting

transitive verb

: to insert (something) again
He knew how to fix the sewing machine and the phonograph, and taught me how to reinsert the bristles in my grandmother's silver brushes, an involved and smelly business of melted brown glue and deft tweezers.Dona Guimaraes
Years afterwards Eliot made a fair copy of The Waste Land in his own handwriting, and reinserted the line from memory.Richard Ellman
reinsertion noun
plural reinsertions
These investigators successfully fertilized a human egg by direct injection of a single sperm under the microscope, followed by reinsertion of the egg into the woman's uterus. Science

Examples of reinsert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wait for the epoxy to fully harden, then reinsert the screwdriver and twist counterclockwise to extract the metal base of the bulb. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 In the process, Lynch has become a big match machine, but after going nearly two years without holding a main roster title, now is the perfect time to reinsert her into the world title scene. Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 In March 2005, a federal judge declined the Schindlers’ petition to reinsert Terri’s feeding tube. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Shelby begged to be held, but her mom couldn’t both hold her and reinsert the tube up her nose at the same time. Brittany Trang, STAT, 13 Dec. 2023 Just remove the insoles, heat them up, and then reinsert them before slipping your feet in. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 10 Jan. 2024 Another video by Kan shows how a user could reinsert the zip line into the TV and quickly remount the TV without the adhesive tape. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 5 Oct. 2023 Put the pads and bracket back over the rotor and reinsert the bolts. Jeff Dengate, Popular Mechanics, 14 Aug. 2023 For example, the team could now identify exactly where an inversion occurs—where breaks in the DNA cause a segment to reinsert itself in reverse order—and use that technique to spot other inversions. Popular Science, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reinsert was in 1629

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“Reinsert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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