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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


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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