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 Audubon’s renderings of hundreds of birds, mostly in watercolor, were elegantly engraved in volumes that informed ornithology for generations. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "James Prosek: An American Original," 26 Oct. 2019 Right near the Dhamekh Stupa are the remains of Ashoka's pillar, with his name engraved in the stone. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The Kylie Cosmetics founder opted to switch things up for this particular tutorial by taking shots of the bedazzled and engraved Don Julio 1942 Tequila Khloé gifted her on her 21st birthday. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian Hilariously Take 9 Shots as They Do Their Makeup," 8 Aug. 2019 Rather than engraving blood type or info about blood thinners in metal, KnowMe is a green bracelet similar to a fitness band, but which contains a simple radio-frequency identification chip. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Biz Challenge: Finalist KnowMe aims to put your medical records on your wrist," 6 Aug. 2019 The Judah’s Advance cover features a drawing of a ship bearing down on a rocky coastline, where a stone tablet engraved with the Ten Commandments sat amongst a pile of rocks that had fallen from the sky. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 Next to the deck, visitors can play a game of cornhole and see bricks engraved with names of individuals who donated to renovating the dog park. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Sip a beer and play with your pup at Metazoa Brewing's renovated dog park," 8 July 2019 What’s now engraved in those rings was inscribed on Poorman’s cleats in high school at Orlando University. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando native Luke Poorman vying to make impact after winning back-to-back football championships," 13 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, that recognition was literally written in stone, engraved onto a new tombstone and placed upon John Pierre's previously unmarked grave. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Aaron Burr, the Vice President best known for shooting Alexander Hamilton, had a secret biracial family," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

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“Engrave.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engraves. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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