Paste is like glue. If you paste something, you stick it onto something else. You might copy and paste info from one document to another on your computer, or literally paste posters all over town. Just don’t use tomato paste.

Some foods take the form of a paste, like cake frosting or pâté. There's also the kind of paste you can use for gluing paper — like wallpaper paste, for example. Costume jewelry, which resembles gemstones but is relatively inexpensive, is made from another, harder kind of paste. To paste something is to stick it together, to patch it, or to cover it with paper. The Late Latin root is pasta, or "dough."

Definitions of paste
  1. noun
    an adhesive made from water and flour or starch; used on paper and paperboard
    synonyms: library paste
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    a small adhesive disk of paste; used to seal letters
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    adhesive, adhesive agent, adhesive material
    a substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
  2. noun
    any mixture of a soft and malleable consistency
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    type of:
    a mixture of ingredients
  3. noun
    a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes
    synonyms: spread
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    margarin, margarine, marge, oleo, oleomargarine
    a spread made chiefly from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter
    nut butter
    ground nuts blended with a little butter
    peanut butter
    a spread made from ground peanuts
    marshmallow fluff
    a very sweet white spread resembling marshmallow candy
    onion butter
    butter blended with minced onion
    pimento butter
    butter blended with mashed pimento
    shrimp butter
    butter blended with chopped shrimp or seasoned with essence from shrimp shells
    lobster butter
    butter blended with chopped lobster or seasoned with essence from lobster shells
    cheese spread
    spread made of cheese mixed with butter or cream or cream cheese and seasonings
    anchovy butter
    butter blended with mashed anchovies
    a paste of fish or shellfish
    garlic butter
    butter seasoned with mashed garlic
    a thick paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt; used in Japanese cooking to make soups or sauces
    hommos, hoummos, hummus, humous, humus
    a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
    liver or meat or fowl finely minced or ground and variously seasoned
    a spread consisting of capers and black olives and anchovies made into a puree with olive oil
    a thick Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds
    a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
    duck pate
    a pate made from duck liver
    foie gras, pate de foie gras
    a pate made from goose liver (marinated in Cognac) and truffles
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    a preparation (a sauce or relish or spice) to enhance flavor or enjoyment
  4. verb
    join or attach with or as if with glue
    paste the sign on the wall”
    “cut and paste the sentence in the text”
    synonyms: glue
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    glue with epoxy
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    cause to be attached
  5. verb
    cover the surface of
    paste the wall with burlap”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  6. noun
    a hard, brilliant lead glass that is used in making artificial jewelry
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    lead glass
    glass containing lead oxide; has a high refractive index
  7. verb
    hit with the fists
    “He pasted his opponent”
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    hit repeatedly
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