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

Synonyms for engrave


etch, grave, incise, inscribe, insculp [archaic]

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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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Unlike additive manufacturing, which builds up material layer by layer, subtractive manufacturing allows users to place their material (wood, leather, acrylic, stone, etc.) into the machine and carve out or engrave the product using laser light. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "WeWork pilots 3D printing in Houston," 20 June 2019 But the future of the public sphere is not engraved in stone. Belabbes Benkredda, Quartz, "Facebook created our culture of echo chambers—and it killed the one thing that could fix it," 21 June 2019 Select watches and jewelry can be engraved, though those items are sent back to Detroit for that. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Luxury watchmaker Shinola makes Cleveland debut with opening of Van Aken store," 11 June 2019 To make the purchase even more meaningful, Markle thoughtfully engraved the watch with a sweet message. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Sweet Connection Meghan Markle's Favorite Watch Has to the Late Princess Diana," 13 Aug. 2018 But they were stunned in the playoffs by the New York Rangers, ending Marshall’s shot at having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Poulsbo resident, former defenseman Bert Marshall is keeping an eye on Seattle’s NHL decisions," 25 Mar. 2019 Another unique element to these lipsticks is the fact that each of them showcases its finish via text engraved into the lipstick itself. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Sephora’s New Lip Stories Lipsticks Are Inspired by the Most Popular Cities in America," 24 Apr. 2019 Partygoers danced around the tables to admire the exquisitely monogrammed napkins and to trade the delightful paperweights engraved with quotes by influential women. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Women Ruled at this Kering and Colby Mugrabi–Hosted Dinner," 12 Mar. 2019 But odds are no one would notice him at Bellerive had his name not been engraved on the claret jug. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Molinari goes from major caddie to major champion," 7 Aug. 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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The first known use of engrave was in 1509

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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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engraver noun

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