Definition of insert in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /inˈsərt//ɪnˈsərt/
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the thing that irritates me most is that the regulation should forbid commercials being inserted into TV series at certain time periods.’
    • ‘An electrode is inserted into the brain to stimulate either the thalamic nuclei or the subthalamic nuclei.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each joiner holds four bamboo shoots, two vertical and two horizontal, whose free ends are then inserted into the cavities in other joiners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the manufacturing process, a pre-formed laminate skin is inserted into a horizontal molding press before the injection cycle.’
    • ‘This enables drivers to be loaded automatically when new devices are inserted into the systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During a five-hour operation the section of damaged bone was removed and a two-inch implant was inserted into her face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An igniter was inserted into the cylinder, heated to red-hot temperatures by supplying current.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A catheter is inserted into a patient's thigh, and then threaded up through the blood vessels to wherever a problem is suspected.’
    put, place, press, push, thrust, slide, slip, load, fit, position, slot, lodge, install
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    1. 1.1 Add (text) to a piece of writing.
      ‘he immediately inserted a clause into later contracts’
      ‘the objection has been inserted in the minutes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1999 a new question was inserted into the survey: were there ‘too many players of foreign origin in the French football team?’’
      • ‘Mr Jones added that a clause would be inserted in the club's rules to allow customers to put money in dancers' garters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is also possible to create different dictation macros with associated text that can be inserted into a document.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most ludicrous ‘safeguard’ is the 10-year sunset clause to be inserted in the new legislation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, each subtopic also includes a sizeable selection of quotes inserted directly into the text.’
      • ‘The House Appropriations Committee has voted to require the D.C. Council to insert a ‘conscience clause’ in the bill.’
      • ‘This would have been clearer if the word immediately had been inserted before necessary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The time of arrival at the church is to be inserted in the death notice and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am.’
      • ‘Sometimes advertisements are inserted into the email.’
      • ‘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.’
      enter, put, introduce, incorporate, interpolate, interpose, interject, inset, infix, build
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    2. 1.2 Place (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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bacteriophages insert their genetic material into bacterial DNA.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2be insertedZoology Anatomy
    (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’
    • ‘It arises from the posterior surface of the medial epicondyle of the humerus and is inserted onto the olecranon process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They arise from the lateral epicondyle of the humerus and are inserted onto the backs of the fingers.’
    • ‘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.’


Pronunciation /ˈinˌsərt//ˈɪnˌsərt/
  • 1A loose page or section, typically one carrying an advertisement, in a magazine or other publication.

    • ‘Certainly, at face value you could argue that there is nothing astounding about the findings of this comparison between display advertising and inserts.’
    • ‘Additionally, no doubt other back-up or secondary media were used, such as print advertising and coupon inserts in newspapers.’
    • ‘Did you know it only costs $12 for a whole year of Playboy when you buy through the magazine insert?’
    • ‘The advertising inserts were returned to the floor, which was now approaching the ceiling.’
    • ‘The only difference is that every individual title will have a unique black and white photograph as part of its information insert.’
    • ‘In 1988, as part of its 20th birthday celebrations, Time Out published inserts showing all of its hundreds of covers to date.’
    • ‘Ever since Online lost its status as a pull-out insert, its content has become ever-so-dated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ads will run as 4-, 6- and 8-page inserts in three consecutive issues of Elle Decor.’
    • ‘Unfolding the insert revealed a World Wildlife Fund Campaign to save the Sumatran tiger.’
    • ‘In the magazine itself was an insert about how great that hospital is and what they are planning for the future, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tedious glossy magazine inserts to lure advertisers with inflated readership claims don't compensate for the lack of news in a newspaper.’
    • ‘More worryingly, will Fairfax cut back on boring news stories in favour of all these advertiser-supported inserts and supplements?’
    • ‘The topic alone is uncommonly refreshing and the photo inserts are mesmerizing.’
    • ‘It is, honest to God, the term for the gummy adhesive used to attach inserts to magazine pages.’
    • ‘The Sun Herald has gone for more glossy inserts, like the Sunday Tele, but so far that hasn't rubbed off on circulation.’
    • ‘For details on our reservation and cancellation policy, please see the bound insert between pages 68-69.’
    enclosure, insertion, inset, inlay, addition, supplement
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  • 2An ornamental section of cloth or needlework inserted into the plain material of a garment.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3A shot inserted into a movie or video.

    • ‘The BBC Radio Cumbria bus attended and the RAFARS was able to make several live inserts on the Saturday morning shows describing the event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.