Definition of insert in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈsərt/
[with object]
1Place, fit, or thrust (something) into another thing, especially with care: a steel rod was inserted into the small hole he pulled out a small cassette recorder and inserted a new tape
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  • After completing schooling, returning personnel are often inserted into leadership positions, which requires more time for teambuilding.
  • The following week, Valerie saw a cancer specialist and had a biopsy, where a small needle was inserted into the suspicious lump to withdraw cells which were sent away for analysis.
  • When a long, thick needle was inserted into a minuscule vein on the back of her teaspoon-sized hands and she didn't even flinch, I knew she was in the best place.
put, place, push, thrust, slide, slip, load, fit, slot, lodge, install
informal pop, stick
1.1Add (text) to a piece of writing: he immediately inserted a clause into later contracts the objection has been inserted in the minutes
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  • Although everyone should be able to design a standard Web page in minutes using the point and click type tools to insert text, graphics and sound.
  • Now users can just select the type tool and click to insert text directly on the canvas.
  • More to the point, if a few paragraphs of text are not inserted here, the images won't look right on the page.
enter, introduce, add, incorporate, interpolate, interpose, interject
1.2Place (a spacecraft or satellite) into an orbit or trajectory.
Example sentences
  • For example, consider the task of inserting a spacecraft into orbit around a planet.
  • The North said it was an attempt to insert a satellite into orbit.
  • An orbiter allows for a longer, more complete look at a planet but requires an engine and fuel to slow the spacecraft and insert it into orbit.
1.3 Biology Incorporate (a piece of genetic material) into a chromosome.
Example sentences
  • If this is true, it means that he has done some sort of manipulation of the chromosomes beyond inserting the father's genetic material into an egg.
  • Second, the viral genetic material is inserted into the host cell-in the case of HIV this is done through fusion and uncoating at the cell surface.
  • When a virus comes in contact with a host cell, a virus can insert its genetic material into its host, literally taking over the host's functions.
2 (be inserted) Anatomy & Zoology (Of a muscle or other organ) be attached to a part, especially that which is moved: the muscle that raises the wing is inserted on the dorsal surface of the humerus
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  • Flexor carpi ulnaris is inserted onto the pisiform bone and palmer fascia.
  • The ligament is a thickening of the clavipectoral fascia and is attached to the coracoid process of the scapula and is inserted onto the conoid tubercle and trapezoid line of the clavicle.
  • It arises from the posterior surface of the medial epicondyle of the humerus and is inserted onto the olecranon process.


Pronunciation: /ˈinˌsərt/
1A thing that has been inserted, in particular.
Example sentences
  • It is a rare mix of pop and classical, like the original Sgt Pepper, complete with all the inserts in mint condition, and the Rolling Stones album with the zip on the front and the best track of Brown Sugar ever recorded.
  • On the night she was murdered, Carly was wearing light three quarter length pants, a grey and blue top with ‘Ellesse’ written across the front, and white Reebok trainers with pink inserts.
  • Inside, there are now red seat inserts and chrome cabin highlights, white instrument faces and plenty of red stitching: the black and red scheme underlines the car's sporty appearance.
1.1A loose page or section, typically one carrying an advertisement, in a magazine or other publication.
Example sentences
  • Tedious glossy magazine inserts to lure advertisers with inflated readership claims don't compensate for the lack of news in a newspaper.
  • It is, honest to God, the term for the gummy adhesive used to attach inserts to magazine pages.
  • More worryingly, will Fairfax cut back on boring news stories in favour of all these advertiser-supported inserts and supplements?
enclosure, insertion, supplement;
circular, advertisement, pamphlet, leaflet
informal ad
1.2An ornamental section of cloth or needlework inserted into the plain material of a garment.
Example sentences
  • She opened with a black gabardine mini-skirt with lace inserts paired with a dressy asymmetrical sheer silk top with bell sleeves.
  • Here again, a great deal of attention has been paid to fabrics, Innovative jackets take of a geometric appearance with gussets, cutouts and inserts.
  • Cap sleeves with off-white lace foamed off of a gold bodice with a white insert.
1.3A shot inserted into a movie or video.
Example sentences
  • I hope to shoot inserts like this one over the course of the next fortnight - just little things like the framed newspaper articles, the pictures of young Trumpet.
  • As a television director, I have spent much of my career making wildlife inserts for children's programmes, in the hope of fostering kindness and respect.
  • The BBC Radio Cumbria bus attended and the RAFARS was able to make several live inserts on the Saturday morning shows describing the event.



Example sentences
  • The system, currently insertable to 32 networks, also affords instantaneous verification of receipt, scheduling and running of commercials.
  • They are still widely used in wood composite sticks, but the advent of insertable blades and one-piece graphite has overtaken them in artificial sticks.
  • The dental device includes a centric bite assembly including a bite portion which is insertable between the patient's upper and lower anterior teeth.


Example sentences
  • The only new equipment required was a guarded drill bit and an inserter.
  • When the implant size is determined, the surgeon inserts the implant into the window using the implant inserter and snaps it into place.
  • One of the latest advances involves a device called a text inserter, which allows an operator to overlay cash register receipts on digital video of cashiers at work.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'include (text) in a piece of writing'): from Latin insert- 'put in', from the verb inserere, from in- 'into' + serere 'to join'.

Words that rhyme with insert

advert, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, cert, chert, concert, controvert, convert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, divert, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, overt, pert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, subvert, vert, wort, yurt

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Syllabification: in·sert

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