engrave

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verb en·grave \ in-ˈgrāv , en- \

Definition of engrave

engraved; engraving
transitive verb
1 a :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)
2 a :to cut figures, letters, or designs on for printing; also :to print from an engraved plate
  • an engraved invitation

engraver

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Examples of engrave in a Sentence

  1. They will engrave your initials on the ring for free.

  2. She had the ring engraved with her initials.

  3. The image was engraved on the plaque.

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Origin and Etymology of engrave

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

engrave Synonyms

Synonyms
etch, grave, incise, inscribe, insculp [archaic]
Related Words
carve, chisel, sculpt, sculpture; chase, groove, indent, notch; score, trace; affix, impress
Near Antonyms
blot out, erase, expunge, obliterate

ENGRAVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of engrave for English Language Learners

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


ENGRAVE Defined for Kids

engrave

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verb en·grave \ in-ˈgrāv \

Definition of engrave for Students

engraved; engraving
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

engraver

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