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transcribe

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transitive verb tran·scribe \tran(t)-ˈskrīb\

Simple Definition of transcribe

  • : 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

tran·scribedtran·scrib·ing

  1. 1a :  to make a written copy ofb :  to make a copy of (dictated or recorded matter) in longhand or on a machine (as a typewriter)c :  to paraphrase or summarize in writingd :  write down, record

  2. 2a :  to represent (speech sounds) by means of phonetic symbolsb :  translate 2ac :  to transfer (data) from one recording form to anotherd :  to record (as on magnetic tape) for later broadcast

  3. 3 :  to make a musical transcription of

  4. 4 :  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



Origin of transcribe

Latin transcribere, from trans- + scribere to write — more at scribe


First Known Use: 1552


TRANSCRIBE Defined for Kids

transcribe

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verb tran·scribe \tran-ˈskrīb\

Definition of transcribe

tran·scribedtran·scrib·ing

  1. :  to make a copy of



Word Root of transcribe

The Latin word scribere, meaning “to write,” and its form scriptus give us the roots scrib and script. Words from the Latin scribere have something to do with writing. To scribble is to write quickly or carelessly. To describe is to write or tell about something or someone. A manuscript is a document written by hand. To transcribe is to write down something spoken or copy something written.


Medical Dictionary

transcribe

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transitive verb tran·scribe \tran(t)s-ˈkrīb\

Medical Definition of transcribe

tran·scribedtran·scrib·ing

  1. :  to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription




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