Definition of paste verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    paste

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    verb
    BrE BrE//peɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paste
    BrE BrE//peɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪst//
     
    he / she / it pastes
    BrE BrE//peɪsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪsts//
     
    past simple pasted
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪstɪd//
     
    past participle pasted
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪstɪd//
     
    -ing form pasting
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] paste something + adv./prep. to stick something to something else using glue or paste He pasted the pictures into his scrapbook. Paste the two pieces together. Paste down the edges.
  2. 2[transitive] paste something to make something by sticking pieces of paper together The children were busy cutting and pasting paper hats.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] paste (something) (computing) to copy or move text into a document from another place or another document This function allows you to cut and paste text. It's quicker to cut and paste than to retype.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin pasta ‘medicinal preparation in the shape of a small square’, probably from Greek pastē, (plural) pasta ‘barley porridge’, from pastos ‘sprinkled’.Extra examples Each photograph is pasted down carefully. She pasted the pictures into her book. There were posters pasted on the walls. You can cut and paste between different programs.
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