Definition of insert in English:



  • 1Place, fit, or push (something) into something else.

    ‘Claudia inserted her key in the lock’
    • ‘But the thing that irritates me most is that the regulation should forbid commercials being inserted into TV series at certain time periods.’
    • ‘Used by NASA in the Lunar Moon Buggy's testing series on Earth, the gel-like product is inserted into tyres before there is a problem, leak or puncture.’
    • ‘They understood that he was a liar and from this perspective this plan perhaps went awry and not enough American and British soldiers were inserted into the region because of this.’
    • ‘A catheter is inserted into a patient's thigh, and then threaded up through the blood vessels to wherever a problem is suspected.’
    • ‘For the new treatment, snorers are given local anaesthetic before the sharp head of a hand-held device is inserted into the palate to inject the cylinders.’
    • ‘In the manufacturing process, a pre-formed laminate skin is inserted into a horizontal molding press before the injection cycle.’
    • ‘The mouthpiece is inserted into one end of the inner slide, and the bell joint is attached at the other, reaching back over the left shoulder to provide a counterbalance for the slide.’
    • ‘During a five-hour operation the section of damaged bone was removed and a two-inch implant was inserted into her face.’
    • ‘After completing schooling, returning personnel are often inserted into leadership positions, which requires more time for teambuilding.’
    • ‘He's in hospital today for a colonoscopy - a procedure in which a tiny digital camera on the end of a tube is inserted into his colon - so a doctor can see for himself how the treatment is working.’
    • ‘An electrode is inserted into the brain to stimulate either the thalamic nuclei or the subthalamic nuclei.’
    • ‘Sheila had heard of a gastric bypass operation from one of her clients, where titanium staples were inserted into the stomach to make it smaller.’
    • ‘This device was inserted into a main vein in her chest wall earlier in December to enable her to receive direct infusions of nutrients, vitamins and hydrogen peroxide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This enables drivers to be loaded automatically when new devices are inserted into the systems.’
    • ‘An igniter was inserted into the cylinder, heated to red-hot temperatures by supplying current.’
    • ‘Each joiner holds four bamboo shoots, two vertical and two horizontal, whose free ends are then inserted into the cavities in other joiners.’
    • ‘Fine, sterile needles are gently inserted into selected points on the skin, known as acupoints.’
    • ‘Residents of Croydon, south London, have been told that the microchips being inserted into their new wheely bins may well be adapted so that the council can judge whether they are producing too much rubbish.’
    • ‘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.’
    put, place, press, push, thrust, slide, slip, load, fit, position, slot, lodge, install
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    1. 1.1Include (text) in a piece of writing.
      ‘he immediately inserted a clause into later contracts’
      • ‘The question was put that the following amendment in the name of the Hon Dr Nick Smith to Part 1 be agreed to: to insert the following new clause.’
      • ‘In 1999 a new question was inserted into the survey: were there ‘too many players of foreign origin in the French football team?’’
      • ‘Sometimes advertisements are inserted into the email.’
      • ‘I think most critics are saying that it was inserted into the Constitution by Marbury v. Madison, or that its inclusion in the Consitution was made up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pamphilia to Amphilanthus was certainly revised during the period 1614-21, including the removal of several poems which were inserted into the main text of Urania.’
      • ‘It is also possible to create different dictation macros with associated text that can be inserted into a document.’
      • ‘The House Appropriations Committee has voted to require the D.C. Council to insert a ‘conscience clause’ in the bill.’
      • ‘Now users can just select the type tool and click to insert text directly on the canvas.’
      • ‘Both Emily and Keith have their own comments on the trip, which I will be inserting into the text when appropriate.’
      • ‘The government and the House have yet to decide whether to insert articles on direct presidential elections in the election bill or draft a separate bill.’
      • ‘Mr Jones added that a clause would be inserted in the club's rules to allow customers to put money in dancers' garters.’
      • ‘Finally, each subtopic also includes a sizeable selection of quotes inserted directly into the text.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most ludicrous ‘safeguard’ is the 10-year sunset clause to be inserted in the new legislation.’
      • ‘According to the Indonesian official, a meeting will take place later in the evening to decide whether the time-bound measures will be inserted into the text.’
      • ‘The time of arrival at the church is to be inserted in the death notice and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am.’
      • ‘This would have been clearer if the word immediately had been inserted before necessary.’
      • ‘A safeguard clause has been inserted in the Treaty of Accession providing the EU with draconian powers to seal-off one of these countries if a food safety problem occurs.’
      • ‘More to the point, if a few paragraphs of text are not inserted here, the images won't look right on the page.’
      • ‘These contract notices were issued before legal guidance was available so the GLA was unable to notify its intention to insert such a clause in the final contract.’
      enter, put, introduce, incorporate, interpolate, interpose, interject, inset, infix, build
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    2. 1.2Place (a spacecraft or satellite) into an orbit or trajectory.
      ‘he inserted the ship into equatorial orbit’
      • ‘The North said it was an attempt to insert a satellite into orbit.’
      • ‘For example, consider the task of inserting a spacecraft into orbit around a planet.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Biology Incorporate (a piece of genetic material) into a chromosome.
      ‘the viral DNA is inserted into the host genome’
      • ‘Somatic cell nuclear transfer works by inserting the genetic material from a patient's cell - usually from a skin cell - into an unfertilized egg from another person.’
      • ‘Bacteriophages insert their genetic material into bacterial DNA.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Anatomy 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The staminodes and the adjacent carpels in ABFs form a continuous ring and are inserted on a single whorl.’
    • ‘Flexor carpi ulnaris is inserted onto the pisiform bone and palmer fascia.’
    • ‘It arises from the posterior surface of the medial epicondyle of the humerus and is inserted onto the olecranon process.’
    • ‘They arise from the lateral epicondyle of the humerus and are inserted onto the backs of the fingers.’


  • 1A thing that has been inserted, in particular.

    • ‘The latest Sirion features a prominent new mesh grille with a chrome-effect slash across the top and chrome-effect bumper inserts.’
    • ‘You wouldn't be surprised to find radium-soaked shoe inserts.’
    • ‘My left leg is slightly longer than my right, or my right leg is slightly shorter than my left - either way I have to wear a heel insert in my right shoe or else I get a sore lower back.’
    • ‘A light-hearted look at the frenzy of the old showband days, the song features comedy inserts from Tony Coffey and Sean Murphy Bachelor's in Trouble.’
    • ‘Although many elements of the interior are clearly Corsa based, the dashboard and instruments have been upgraded by brightwork and special trim inserts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She peered at the appointment register, torn and tattered, with crossings out, sections covered over with white-out and written on again, arrows, inserts, every kind of revision mark you can imagine.’
    • ‘If knee, ankle or hip problems persist throughout a training program, it may also be a good idea to investigate orthotics or good shoe inserts to help support your feet.’
    • ‘The latest Sirion models feature a prominent new mesh grille and chrome effect inserts along both the front and sides on most models.’
    • ‘But a professional conduct committee heard that shoe inserts McCarthy designed for three patients were potentially harmful.’
    • ‘It looks nothing like the glossy inserts found in most store-bought CDs, but customers don't seem to mind.’
    • ‘With three little grammatical inserts, end of potential editorial credibility problem.’
    • ‘Did you ever cut your jeans and sew in flowery inserts?’
    • ‘New fingerposts have the name of the destination, plus ‘Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, plus inserts of small yellow arrows.’
    • ‘The latest models carry a prominent new mesh grille, with chrome-effect flashes running down the side of the car, as well as bumper inserts.’
    • ‘Using the Calgary, Alberta, company's inserts, I trained for and ran a marathon without any foot, ankle, or knee pain.’
    • ‘For her feet, he recommended orthotic shoe 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.’
    • ‘Shoe inserts and a specially designed stretching and strengthening regime enabled him to return to full fitness but that did not stop the feeling that Tzekos was pulling someone else's leg.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A loose page or section in a magazine or other publication, typically one carrying an advertisement.
      • ‘The only difference is that every individual title will have a unique black and white photograph as part of its information insert.’
      • ‘In the magazine itself was an insert about how great that hospital is and what they are planning for the future, etc.’
      • ‘Tedious glossy magazine inserts to lure advertisers with inflated readership claims don't compensate for the lack of news in a newspaper.’
      • ‘Additionally, no doubt other back-up or secondary media were used, such as print advertising and coupon inserts in newspapers.’
      • ‘Certainly, at face value you could argue that there is nothing astounding about the findings of this comparison between display advertising and inserts.’
      • ‘Anti-smoking campaigners claim the inserts are likely to be left behind by smokers in locations such as pubs and clubs and are simply a new form of printed advert.’
      • ‘Did you know it only costs $12 for a whole year of Playboy when you buy through the magazine insert?’
      • ‘In 1988, as part of its 20th birthday celebrations, Time Out published inserts showing all of its hundreds of covers to date.’
      • ‘The Sun Herald has gone for more glossy inserts, like the Sunday Tele, but so far that hasn't rubbed off on circulation.’
      • ‘Ever since Online lost its status as a pull-out insert, its content has become ever-so-dated.’
      • ‘It is, honest to God, the term for the gummy adhesive used to attach inserts to magazine pages.’
      • ‘The ads will run as 4-, 6- and 8-page inserts in three consecutive issues of Elle Decor.’
      • ‘I'm told the printing is not ideal and that the whole thing is on one paperstock, whereas the original printing involved several in order to better simulate a real yearbook and various inserts.’
      • ‘The advertising inserts were returned to the floor, which was now approaching the ceiling.’
      • ‘I subscribe to American Handgunner and GUNS, and the first thing I do is take out the inserts so the pages are easier to flip.’
      • ‘For details on our reservation and cancellation policy, please see the bound insert between pages 68-69.’
      • ‘The topic alone is uncommonly refreshing and the photo inserts are mesmerizing.’
      • ‘More worryingly, will Fairfax cut back on boring news stories in favour of all these advertiser-supported inserts and supplements?’
      • ‘Efforts to add to the magazine an insert with news of the local congregations were greeted with consternation: the opposition was deemed to be far more dangerous that it really was.’
      • ‘Unfolding the insert revealed a World Wildlife Fund Campaign to save the Sumatran tiger.’
      enclosure, insertion, inset, inlay, addition, supplement
      circular, advertisement, notice, slip, pamphlet, leaflet
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    2. 1.2A printed card supplied with a CD or DVD and giving information about it.
      • ‘Despite what the DVD insert promises, the Chieftains' music is heard only briefly in the film and is mostly reserved for the opening and closing credits.’
      • ‘Any picture on your hard drive is eligible to become the background for your CD label or jewel case insert.’
      • ‘Finally, there is four-page insert inside the DVD case which provides a nice career profile of Ulmer as well as listings of the generous scene selections for both films.’
      • ‘The CD insert has a different picture for each song, and artist notes about it.’
      • ‘These inserts come dangerously close to being junk mail, and are better left out.’
      • ‘The CD's accompanying insert features fantastic illustrations by Jay Ryan, one for each song on the album.’
      • ‘While my expectations were certainly low for this picture - largely due to an indifferent DVD insert design - I found that I enjoyed Distant Thunder immensely.’
      • ‘Just as it's entirely feasible to judge a book by its cover, so we can deduce much from this CD's insert.’
      • ‘Coldplay's new CD comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc.’
      • ‘The CD insert is a reprint of the original tour programme.’
      • ‘Along with a trailer and an accompanying essay in the DVD's insert, we are overwhelmed with opinions and praise for Heat and Dust.’
      • ‘Frequently, there is little to say about a jewel case and a simple insert, but the new Shinkoyo label has taken pains to avoid this, instead attempting to make the CD an art object.’
      • ‘They'll say he could have at least put some more work into the actual packaging instead of just a CD case with a tiny insert.’
      • ‘The DVD case insert calls it a screwball comedy, but it's really more of a domestic one.’
    3. 1.3An ornamental section of cloth or needlework inserted into a garment.
      • ‘Here again, a great deal of attention has been paid to fabrics, Innovative jackets take of a geometric appearance with gussets, cutouts and inserts.’
      • ‘She opened with a black gabardine mini-skirt with lace inserts paired with a dressy asymmetrical sheer silk top with bell sleeves.’
      • ‘Keyholes, zip inserts and satin contrast strips and bindings will continue to feature in mass casual wear emphasizing the sporty feel.’
      • ‘Cape back jackets, long flaring iridescent skirts and trousers with contrasting coloured inserts made for a sophisticated collection.’
      • ‘Cap sleeves with off-white lace foamed off of a gold bodice with a white insert.’
    4. 1.4A shot inserted in a film or video.
      • ‘Last night's news had the annual insert on how the recent bone-numbing cold has been affecting the street kids and homeless in our cities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The BBC Radio Cumbria bus attended and the RAFARS was able to make several live inserts on the Saturday morning shows describing the event.’
      • ‘I picked up the bass pretty easily, so pretty much all inserts of me playing are me.’


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.