Definition of inscribe
1a : to write, engrave, or print as a lasting recordb : to enter on a list : enroll
2a : to write, engrave, or print characters uponb : 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)
Examples of inscribe in a sentence
They inscribed the monument with the soldiers' names.
The book was inscribed with the author's signature.
Origin and Etymology of inscribe
Middle English, from Latin inscribere, from in- + scribere to write — more at scribe
First Known Use: 15th century
INSCRIBE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of inscribe for Students
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
Legal Definition of inscribe
: to set down in writing (as the terms of a mortgage) to create a lasting public record
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