[ verb in-surt; noun in-surt ]
See synonyms for: insertinsertedinserting on

verb (used with object)
  1. to put or place in: to insert a key in a lock.

  2. to introduce or cause to be introduced into the body of something: to insert an extra paragraph in an article.

  1. something inserted or to be inserted.

  2. 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.

  1. any small picture, device, etc., surrounded partly or completely by body type.

  2. a paper, circular, etc., placed within the folds of a newspaper or the leaves of a book, periodical, etc.

  3. Movies, Radio and Television. cut-in (defs. 1, 2)

Origin of insert

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin insertus, past participle of inserere “to put in, insert,” equivalent to in- “in” + ser- (stem of serere “to link together”) + -tus past participle suffix; see in-2

Other words from insert

  • in·sert·a·ble, adjective
  • in·sert·er, noun
  • in·ter·in·sert, verb (used with object)
  • pre·in·sert, verb (used with object)
  • re·in·sert, verb (used with object)
  • sub·in·sert, verb (used with object)

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How to use insert in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for insert


verb(ɪnˈsɜːt) (tr)
  1. to put in or between; introduce

  2. to introduce, as into text, such as a newspaper; interpolate

  1. something inserted

    • a folded section placed in another for binding in with a book

    • a printed sheet, esp one bearing advertising, placed loose between the leaves of a book, periodical, etc

  1. another word for cut in (def. 6)

Origin of insert

C16: from Latin inserere to plant in, ingraft, from in- ² + serere to join

Derived forms of insert

  • insertable, adjective
  • inserter, noun

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