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

Definition of reinsert

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

Other Words from reinsert

reinsertion \ (ˌ)rē-​in-​ˈsər-​shən How to pronounce reinsertion (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of reinsert

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Reinsert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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