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[v. in-surt; n. in-surt] /v. ɪnˈsɜrt; n. ˈɪn sɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to put or place in:
to insert a key in a lock.
to introduce or cause to be introduced into the body of something:
to insert an extra paragraph in an article.
something inserted or to be inserted.
an extra leaf or section, printed independently, for binding or tipping into a book or periodical, especially a leaf or section consisting of an illustration or advertisement printed on different paper.
any small picture, device, etc., surrounded partly or completely by body type.
a paper, circular, etc., placed within the folds of a newspaper or the leaves of a book, periodical, etc.
Movies, Television. a cut-in.
Origin of insert
1520-30; < Latin insertus past participle of inserere to put in, insert, equivalent to in- in-2 + ser- (stem of serere to link together) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
insertable, adjective
inserter, noun
interinsert, verb (used with object)
preinsert, verb (used with object)
reinsert, verb (used with object)
subinsert, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • The usual way of doing this is to insert a needle into the lump and draw off some cells.
  • Fill both with warm water, insert lab thermometers into the tops, and tie off the gloves around the thermometers.
  • She wanted viewers to be able to invent their own stories to suit the scene, perhaps even insert themselves in it.
  • Dust the cut with rooting hormone powder and insert a pebble or wooden matchstick to hold it open.
  • The boys had been examining the movie case, but naturally no-one had seen the insert with the code.
  • One of my duties was to order paper by the ton to be made into insert cards.
  • But it is a dangerous game to forcibly insert morality or ideas of social value into a capitalist society.
British Dictionary definitions for insert


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈsɜːt)
to put in or between; introduce
to introduce, as into text, such as a newspaper; interpolate
noun (ˈɪnsɜːt)
something inserted
  1. a folded section placed in another for binding in with a book
  2. a printed sheet, esp one bearing advertising, placed loose between the leaves of a book, periodical, etc
another word for cut in (sense 6)
Derived Forms
insertable, adjective
inserter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inserere to plant in, ingraft, from in-² + serere to join
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Word Origin and History for insert

"to set in, put or place in," 1520s, from insert, past participle of Middle English inseren "to set in place, to graft, to introduce (into the mind)" (late 14c.), from Latin inserere "to put in, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + serere "join together" (see series). Related: Inserted; inserting. The noun meaning "something inserted" is from 1893.

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