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
3 : to make a musical transcription of
4 : to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription
Examples of transcribe
He transcribed all of his great-grandfather's letters.
The senator's speech was transcribed.
a Mozart string quartet transcribed for piano
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
Medical Definition of transcribe
: to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription
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