[v. in-surt; n. in-surt]
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.

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

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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1.  to put in or between; introduce
2.  to introduce, as into text, such as a newspaper; interpolate
3.  something inserted
4.  a.  a folded section placed in another for binding in with a book
 b.  a printed sheet, esp one bearing advertising, placed loose between the leaves of a book, periodical, etc
5.  another word for cut in
[C16: from Latin inserere to plant in, ingraft, from in-² + serere to join]

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Word Origin & History

1529, from pp. of M.E. inseren, from L. inserere "to put in," from in- "in" + serere "join together" (see series). The noun meaning "something inserted" is from 1893.
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Example sentences
Fill tubes with water, insert flowers, and tuck them into the greenery.
The only drawback is that it requires a trained health worker to insert and
  remove the implant.
Create a snippet from the header, and you can insert it with a click of the
  mouse or a few keystrokes.
The usual way of doing this is to insert a needle into the lump and draw off
  some cells.
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