en·​grave | \ in-ˈgrāv How to pronounce engrave (audio) , 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

Other Words from engrave

engraver noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Now police are urging car owners to engrave their vehicle’s identification number on their converter to link the part to their vehicle. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 Today, this classic steel version of the dual-sided timekeeper is most often used to engrave a special message, crest or emblem on the back for the ultimate heirloom piece. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2021 The colorful abstract light display will illuminate not just the statute but the surrounding decorative stones purchased by families to engrave messages to loved ones when the memorial was built. BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2021 The Trio Diamond Midnight Moon Necklace by British designer Daniella Draper retails for $1300 and is available to engrave with up to three characters. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 18 June 2021 Mike Rahn, whose uncle had been one of Red’s carpenters, showed me the ranch’s most offbeat attraction: a concrete step where guests would engrave their signatures in a backwoods version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Slap it on a bumper sticker and engrave it on a tiara. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 5 May 2021 Meanwhile, as Cary began to engrave the great copper plates, Smith’s finances were suffering, plagued by his purchase of a Somerset quarry years before, a venture that turned out to be disastrous. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021 In late January 1794, his map of the area was engraved by John Cary, whose New and Correct English Atlas of 1787 was a standard reference work, and who would later engrave all Smith’s geological maps. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of engrave was in 1509

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13 Jan 2022

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“Engrave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrave. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce engrave (audio) \
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

Other Words from engrave

engraver noun

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