[verb in-surt; noun in-surt]
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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.
  3. any small picture, device, etc., surrounded partly or completely by body type.
  4. a paper, circular, etc., placed within the folds of a newspaper or the leaves of a book, periodical, etc.
  5. 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 formsin·sert·a·ble, adjectivein·sert·er, nounin·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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (ɪnˈsɜːt) (tr)
  1. to put in or between; introduce
  2. to introduce, as into text, such as a newspaper; interpolate
noun (ˈɪnsɜːt)
  1. 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
  2. another word for cut in (def. 6)
Derived Formsinsertable, adjectiveinserter, noun

Word Origin for insert

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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