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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

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French <Late Latin pasta dough <Greek pastá barley porridge, noun use of neuter plural of pastós, verbid of pássein to strew, sprinkle; a pasta was originally a kind of gruel sprinkled with salt; (defs. 9, 12) probably by association with baste3
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.
passed, past, paste
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British Dictionary definitions for paste (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for paste (2 of 2)

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(tr) slang to hit, esp with the fists; punch or beat soundly
C19: variant of baste ³
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Medical definitions for paste

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A smooth semisolid mixture, soft enough to flow slowly and not retain its shape.
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