en·​grave | \in-ˈgrāv, en-\
engraved; engraving

Definition of engrave 

transitive verb

1a : to impress deeply as if with a graver the incident was engraved in his memory

b : to form by incision (as on wood or metal)

2a : to cut figures, letters, or designs on for printing also : to print from an engraved plate an engraved invitation

b : photoengrave

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Other Words from engrave

engraver noun

Synonyms for engrave


brand, etch, impress, imprint, infix, ingrain (also engrain)

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Examples of engrave in a Sentence

They will engrave your initials on the ring for free. She had the ring engraved with her initials. The image was engraved on the plaque.
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Her fingers are adorned with a Haati Chai signet engraved with her son’s initials, her engagement ring, and a smattering of other modern pieces, which, when worn in concert, pay homage to her mother’s more-is-more digit style. Vogue, "This Jewelry Designer’s Skin Is as Brilliant as Her Gold Earrings," 10 Sep. 2018 The only difference is that the ceramics are now engraved before the baking process for longevity. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jean Cocteau x Roche Bobois," 29 Nov. 2013 The aforementioned panels, for instance, are engraved with swirling foliage and large peacocks—one of which is starkly unfinished, possibly because construction on the palace was interrupted by the invasion of 1171. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynasty," 21 Mar. 2018 The father died in 2006 still hoping Patrick’s name would be engraved on the wall in Washington, said Tom Corcoran Jr. Tylisa C. Johnson, Philly.com, "74 sailors died during a Vietnam warfare exercise, but their names aren't on D.C. memorial," 9 July 2018 Even without setting foot on the memorial, where the names of the fallen are engraved and painted on a marble wall, recent visitors said the harbor tour remains profoundly moving. Heidi Chang, latimes.com, "USS Arizona Memorial, watery grave of Pearl Harbor sailors, remains closed as officials mull repairs," 3 July 2018 Her portrait engraved on Sweden’s 500-krona banknote since 2016, her name and her Wagnerian identity are still recognized even by many who are relatively unfamiliar with opera. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "Hitting the Right Notes for a Soprano’s Centenary," 16 May 2018 This Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, will be engraving bourbon bottles with a message of your choice. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Woodford Reserve offers personalized bottles to honor American troops," 15 May 2018 Cuneiform is an ancient system of writing on clay tablets that was used in Mesopotamia, while the seals are engraved with pictorial stories, and clay bullae are balls of clay on which seals have been imprinted. Susannah Cullinane, CNN, "Those ancient artifacts that were illegally smuggled to Hobby Lobby are headed home to Iraq," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of engrave

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for engrave

Middle French engraver, from en- + graver to grave, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English grafan to grave

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English Language Learners Definition of engrave

: to cut or carve lines, letters, designs, etc., onto or into a hard surface


en·​grave | \in-ˈgrāv \
engraved; engraving

Kids Definition of engrave

1 : to cut or carve (as letters or designs) on a hard surface an engraved pattern

2 : to cut (as letters or designs) on or into The jeweler engraved the ring with her initials.

3 : to print from a cut surface an engraved invitation

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engraver noun

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