[noun in-set; verb in-set]


verb (used with object), in·set, in·set·ting.

to set in or insert, as an inset: to inset a panel in a dress.
to insert an inset in: to inset a mounting with jewels.

Origin of inset

before 900; Middle English insetten to insert, Old English insettan to initiate; see in-1, set
Related formsin·set·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (ɪnˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set

(tr) to set or place in or within; insert

noun (ˈɪnˌsɛt)

something inserted
  1. a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
  2. another name for insert (def. 4)
a piece of fabric inserted into a garment, as to shape it or for decoration
a flowing in, as of the tide
Derived Formsinsetter, noun
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Word Origin and History for inset

1550s, "influx of water, place where water flows in," from in + set (n.2). Meaning "extra pages of a book, etc." is from 1875; that of "small map in the border of a larger one" is from 1881.

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