in·​scribe | \ in-ˈskrīb How to pronounce inscribe (audio) \
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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inscriber noun

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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 Each of the honorees has his/her name inscribed on a commemorative brick. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Top Katy ISD teachers honored at brick unveiling," 4 Dec. 2019 Porter even had the city name inscribed on the back of his PUMA shoes for his first NBA meeting against Thomas on Friday night. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Porter Jr. ‘can be a star, will have amazing career,’ Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas says," 9 Nov. 2019 The sword seized by Windsor police has a 34.5-inch blade, no blood groove and five names inscribed on it, according to Kochan. Steven Goode,, "‘The last thing I wanted ... was to be hauled out in cuffs.’ Seizure of historic battle sword puts Windsor police at center of antiques controversy," 9 Nov. 2019 Sophie had no fewer than seven Juicy Couture sweatsuits: seven terry jackets and seven matching pairs of pants, inscribed on the seat with an all-caps JUICY. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 The names of our dead veterans are inscribed on walls and monuments across the country, just like the ones here at Milwaukee’s War Memorial. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If you didn't know Wisconsinites killed in battle, read these stories of veterans whose lives were cut short," 11 Nov. 2019 Beyond the portico is a hypostyle hall whose columns are inscribed with sacred texts and hymns. Michelle Green, New York Times, "A Nile Journey Guided by 19th-Century Women," 11 Nov. 2019 Her poem, inscribed on a silk biosensor intended for implantation, can be viewed through a microscope., "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 He was troubled by the veneration heaped by followers on Garcia, whose initials are inscribed in congregants’ hymnals and shawls. Leila Miller,, "Reddit group becomes flashpoint in sex abuse scandal at La Luz del Mundo church," 15 July 2019

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

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12 Jan 2020

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“Inscribe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce inscribe (audio) \
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
inscribed; inscribing

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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