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inscribe

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verb in·scribe \in-ˈskrīb\

Simple Definition of inscribe

  • : to write or cut (words, a name, etc.) on something

  • : to write words, a name, etc., on (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inscribe

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to write, engrave, or print as a lasting record b :  to enter on a list :  enroll

  3. 2 a :  to write, engrave, or print characters upon b :  to autograph or address (a book) as a gift

  4. 3 :  to dedicate to someone

  5. 4 :  to draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible <a regular polygon inscribed in a circle>

  6. 5 British :  to register the name of the holder of (a security)

inscriber noun

Examples of inscribe in a sentence

  1. They inscribed the monument with the soldiers' names.

  2. The book was inscribed with the author's signature.



Origin of inscribe

Middle English, from Latin inscribere, from in- + scribere to write — more at scribe


First Known Use: 15th century


INSCRIBE Defined for Kids

inscribe

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verb in·scribe \in-ˈskrīb\

Definition of inscribe for Students

inscribedinscribing

  1. 1 :  to write, engrave, or print as a lasting record <His name is inscribed on the monument.>

  2. 2 :  to write, engrave, or print something on or in <inscribe a book>




Law Dictionary

inscribe

transitive verb in·scribe

Legal Definition of inscribe

inscribedinscribing

  1. :  to set down in writing (as the terms of a mortgage) to create a lasting public record

inscription noun




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