transitive verb \tran(t)-ˈskrīb\

: to make a written copy of (something)

: to write down (something that is spoken)

: to rewrite (a piece of music) so that it can be performed by a different instrument or voice


Full Definition of TRANSCRIBE

a :  to make a written copy of
b :  to make a copy of (dictated or recorded matter) in longhand or on a machine (as a typewriter)
c :  to paraphrase or summarize in writing
d :  write down, record
a :  to represent (speech sounds) by means of phonetic symbols
b :  translate 2a
c :  to transfer (data) from one recording form to another
d :  to record (as on magnetic tape) for later broadcast
:  to make a musical transcription of
:  to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription
tran·scrib·er noun

Examples of TRANSCRIBE

  1. He transcribed all of his great-grandfather's letters.
  2. The senator's speech was transcribed.
  3. a Mozart string quartet transcribed for piano
  4. a system that allows linguists to transcribe the sounds of any language


Latin transcribere, from trans- + scribere to write — more at scribe
First Known Use: 1552


transitive verb \tran(t)s-ˈkrīb\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TRANSCRIBE

: to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription


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