in·scribe | \in-ˈskrīb \
inscribed; inscribing; inscribes

Definition of inscribe 

transitive verb

1a : to write, engrave, or print as a lasting record

b : to enter on a list : enroll

2a : 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)

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Other Words from inscribe

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.

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The stone is also inscribed with one of Hawking's equations describing the entropy of a black hole. NBC News, "Stephen Hawking's ashes buried in Westminster Abbey," 15 June 2018 On a blockchain, Sacks says, this could not happen since all ownership rights would be inscribed on a permanent, tamper-proof ledger. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "PayPal Alum: How Blockchain Will Change Investing and Why Real Estate Will Be First," 19 May 2018 And only one — this one — was inscribed by Gill to his friend, Leonard Woolf, the husband of novelist Virginia Woolf. Peter Rowe,, "Who killed Normal Heights' iconic book store? There's a rogue's gallery of suspects," 4 June 2018 The landscaped path features bricks inscribed with names of church members who have passed away. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church to celebrate anniversary," 12 July 2018 The names of those who died are inscribed around the borders of the two memorials. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Surprises await when you explore the green spaces of New York City," 30 June 2018 Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal’s last order of business before the first postgame media scrum of his young Major League Soccer career was to inscribe his first piece of MLS memorabilia. Todd Engle Special To The Star, kansascity, "Youngster's first MLS goal keys united Sporting KC attack vs. Minnesota," 3 June 2018 The Richards, Campbells, and Lus will be given an opportunity to inscribe a message on a bronze plaque that will be fixed to the stones representing their children. David Abel,, "Islands up north? In New Brunswick, there’s plenty to explore," 12 Apr. 2018 One of the pictures: Flip-flops and sunglasses, that Loewenstern inscribed with a message. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "100-year-old mother meets 79-year-old daughter for the first time: 'It was a miracle'," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of inscribe

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

History and Etymology for inscribe

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

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English Language Learners Definition of inscribe

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

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


in·scribe | \in-ˈskrīb \
inscribed; inscribing

Kids Definition of inscribe

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


transitive verb
inscribed; inscribing

Legal Definition of inscribe 

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

Other Words from inscribe

inscription noun

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evasion of direct action or statement

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