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paste

[ peyst ]
/ pe…™st /
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noun
verb (used with object), past·ed, past·ing.
verb (used without object)
Computers. to insert copied text, images, etc., into a file.Compare cut (def. 42).
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Origin of paste

1350‚Äď1400; Middle English <Middle French <Late Latin pasta dough <Greek past√° barley porridge, noun use of neuter plural of past√≥s, verbid of p√°ssein to strew, sprinkle; a pasta was originally a kind of gruel sprinkled with salt; (defs. 9, 12) probably by association with baste3

OTHER WORDS FROM paste

pre·paste, verb (used with object), pre·past·ed, pre·past·ing.re·paste, verb (used with object), re·past·ed, re·past·ing.sem·i·paste, nounun·paste, verb (used with object), un·past·ed, un·past·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH paste

passed, past, paste
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British Dictionary definitions for paste (1 of 2)

paste1
/ (pe…™st) /

noun
verb (tr)
(often foll by on or onto) to attach by or as if by using pastehe pasted posters onto the wall
(usually foll by with) to cover (a surface) with paper, usually attached with an adhesivehe pasted the wall with posters

Word Origin for paste

C14: via Old French from Late Latin pasta dough, from Greek pastńď barley porridge, from pastos, from passein to sprinkle

British Dictionary definitions for paste (2 of 2)

paste2
/ (pe…™st) /

verb
(tr) slang to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly

Word Origin for paste

C19: variant of baste ³
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