inscribe

verb in·scribe \ in-ˈskrīb \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of inscribe

transitive verb
1 a : to write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
b : to enter on a list : enroll
2 a : to write, engrave, or print characters upon
b : to autograph or address (a book) as a gift
3 : to dedicate to someone
4 : to draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
  • a regular polygon inscribed in a circle
5 British : to register the name of the holder of (a security)

inscriber

noun

Examples of inscribe in a Sentence

  1. They inscribed the monument with the soldiers' names.

  2. The book was inscribed with the author's signature.

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Origin and Etymology of inscribe

Middle English, from Latin inscribere, from in- + scribere to write — more at scribe

inscribe Synonyms

Synonyms
etch, grave, incise, engrave, insculp [archaic]
Antonyms
delist
Related Words
carve, chisel, sculpt, sculpture; chase, groove, indent, notch; score, trace; affix, impress
Near Antonyms
check off; exclude, expel, expunge, reject; omit, overlook

INSCRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

inscribe

verb

Definition of inscribe for English Language Learners

  • : to write or cut (words, a name, etc.) on something

  • : to write words, a name, etc., on (something)


INSCRIBE Defined for Kids

inscribe

verb in·scribe \ in-ˈskrīb \

Definition of inscribe for Students

inscribed; inscribing
1 : to write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
  • His name is inscribed on the monument.
2 : to write, engrave, or print something on or in
  • inscribe a book

Law Dictionary

inscribe

transitive verb in·scribe

legal Definition of inscribe

inscribed; inscribing
: to set down in writing (as the terms of a mortgage) to create a lasting public record

inscription

noun


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