tr.v. in·sert·ed, in·sert·ing, in·serts
1. To put or set into, between, or among: inserted the key in the lock; insert a shim between a door jamb and frame. See Synonyms at introduce.
2. To put or introduce into the body of something; interpolate: insert an illustration into a text.
3. To place into an orbit, trajectory, or stream.
4. To put into action: inserted a rookie into the lineup.
Something inserted or intended for insertion, as a picture or chart into written material.
[Latin īnserere, īnsert- : in-, in; see IN-2 + serere, to join; see ser-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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