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)

Other Words from inscribe

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 Moore carried a Sharpie with him so that well-wishers could inscribe messages in the canoe’s interior. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Humans bedeck their most permanent structures to inscribe them with their articles of faith, their relationship with nature, the nuances of social structure. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 24 Nov. 2021 Outstretched arms inscribe his four limbs within a perfect circle and a complete square. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Her sculpture contains origami boats that people have been encouraged to create and inscribe with their visions for the future. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Yom Kippur calls for Jews to fast and engage in prayer for a day as a way of remembering and repenting for sins of the previous 12 months, in hopes that God will be pleased and inscribe their names in the Book of Life for another year. Jonathan M. Pitts,, 15 Sep. 2021 Choose from several motivational messages to inscribe on top, and then personalize with her name. Jennifer Miko, Chron, 17 May 2021 One of the first people to inscribe art on the blockchain was Kevin McCoy, a digital artist who started playing around with the idea in 2013. Matthew Schneier, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2021 Their names are marked down in a leather notebook that was created to inscribe their importance to Cherokee heritage and culture. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Dec 2021

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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


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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