inscribe

verb

in·​scribe in-ˈskrīb How to pronounce inscribe (audio)
inscribed; inscribing; inscribes

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

They inscribed the monument with the soldiers' names. The book was inscribed with the author's signature.
Recent Examples on the Web This phrase appears in a secret, centuries-old prophecy inscribed on a dagger that’s been quietly passed down through the line of Targaryen rulers. Aja Romano, Vox, 12 June 2024 Their names are inscribed on white, high-density foam cubes, tilted sideways in a frame that's probably 20 feet wide and 5½ feet tall. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2024 Whether it’s inscribed explicitly in national curriculum or initiated through the efforts of individual teachers, adding this further dimension is critical. Andrew Maglio, Hartford Courant, 28 Jan. 2024 Germany’s policies reverberate far beyond its borders, and Germany, where the lessons of Nazi rule and World War II are inscribed in the public imagination, remains a bulwark against the illiberal forces tearing Europe apart. Paul Hockenos, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2017 See all Example Sentences for inscribe 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of inscribe was in the 15th century

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“Inscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inscribe. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

inscribe

verb
in·​scribe in-ˈskrīb How to pronounce inscribe (audio)
inscribed; inscribing
1
a
: to write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
inscribe a name on a monument
b
: to enter on a list : enroll
2
: to write, engrave, or print something on or in
inscribe a locket
3
: to dedicate to someone
inscribe a poem
4
: to draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
a hexagon inscribed in a circle
inscriber noun

Legal Definition

inscribe

transitive verb
in·​scribe
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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