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engrave

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verb en·grave \in-ˈgrāv, en-\

Simple Definition of engrave

  • : to cut or carve lines, letters, designs, etc., onto or into a hard surface

Full Definition of engrave

en·graveden·grav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to impress deeply as if with a graver <the incident was engraved in his memory> b :  to form by incision (as on wood or metal)

  3. 2 a :  to cut figures, letters, or designs on for printing; also :  to print from an engraved plate <an engraved invitation> b :  photoengrave

en·grav·er noun

Examples of engrave

  1. They will engrave your initials on the ring for free.

  2. She had the ring engraved with her initials.

  3. The image was engraved on the plaque.



Origin of engrave

Middle French engraver, from en- + graver to grave, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English grafan to grave


First Known Use: 1509


ENGRAVE Defined for Kids

engrave

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verb en·grave \in-ˈgrāv\

Definition of engrave

en·graveden·grav·ing

  1. 1 :  to cut or carve (as letters or designs) on a hard surface <an engraved pattern>

  2. 2 :  to cut (as letters or designs) on or into <The jeweler engraved the ring with her initials.>

  3. 3 :  to print from a cut surface <an engraved invitation>

en·grav·er noun




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