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

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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 Given the Palazzo Vecchio’s importance as a civic building, guards would have been unlikely to let an unknown artist engrave a picture on its façade. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Did Michelangelo Carve a Graffiti Portrait Into This Florentine Facade?," 16 Nov. 2020 After all, the conservative legal movement spent a half-century working toward a Supreme Court that would engrave its worldview into constitutional law. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Is in Charge Now," 13 Nov. 2020 Caesar Guerini knows how to engrave production shotguns like no other company, and that skill is on full display with the Invictus III Sporting ($8,695). John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Gun Test: 24 Best New Rifles and Shotguns of the Year," 14 Sep. 2020 Scratchboard refers to both a fine-art medium and a technique in pottery, using sharp knives and tools to engrave into a thin layer of white China clay coated with dark ink. James Walsh Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "At 100, Bloomington scratchboarding artist keeps his hands busy," 9 Oct. 2020 The $10 brick will still be in effect for those not wanting to engrave them. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Old bricks take on a new look to help raise funds," 31 Aug. 2020 The task required the artists to cut 743 individual copper plates and engrave every detail from the illustrations. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "250 Years Ago, Joseph Banks Documented Australia’s Glorious Botanical Bounty," 26 Feb. 2020 Shortly before the May 4, 1990, memorial dedication, a plaque — engraved with the names of the killed and wounded — was placed near the sidewalk north of the memorial. cincinnati.com, "May 4, 1970: 50 years of remembrance, controversy and pain following Kent State shooting," 29 Apr. 2020 The 9/11 memorial vandalism comes a week after Plymouth Rock, a national landmark engraved with the year 1620, signifying the year the Pilgrims on the Mayflower arrived in Massachusetts, was sprayed with red graffiti. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Plymouth 9/11 memorial vandalized one week after Plymouth Rock defaced," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Engrave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrave. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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

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