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

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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Cite this Entry

“Reinsert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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