inscribe

verb
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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Other Words from inscribe

inscriber noun

Synonyms for inscribe

Synonyms

engrave, etch, grave, incise, insculp [archaic]

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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.

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According to a press release, the roughly 200-mile-long reef was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, but in 2009, due to a spate of threats, it was added to the agency’s endangered list. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List," 28 June 2018 The work is inscribed with the date Victoria made it: October 6, 1874. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Camilla Tour the Newly Renovated Fife Arms, Which Features Art by Queen Victoria," 11 Jan. 2019 Each one of its pieces is individually inscribed, ensuring that the diamonds have been responsibly sourced under fair labor standards. Amanda Hearst, Marie Claire, "Forevermark Diamonds Make a Statement on the Red Carpet," 11 June 2012 According to the Daily Mail, the bags were made of canvas and inscribed with the royal couple’s signatures. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Some Royal Wedding Guests Are Selling Their Gift Bags on eBay," 21 May 2018 Now they were sheathed in a kind of delicate armor — a collection of intricate metallic rings, a gold watch, a slim Tiffany bracelet inscribed with her initials — and cupped around a mug of hot water with lemon. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Lesley Manville Has Waited Long Enough," 16 May 2018 Each rust-red steel slab is inscribed with the name of a state and county, along with the names of humans lynched there and the dates they were murdered between 1877 and 1950. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 Meredith Whittaker: The realities within these companies, the culture within these companies, the assumption, the life experience of the people in these companies are inscribed in these technologies and remapped onto the world. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Even after voting rights were inscribed in the Constitution, Jim Crow laws and campaigns of racist terrorism prevented African Americans from exercising the right to vote. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 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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inscribe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inscribe

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

inscribe

verb
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

inscribe

transitive verb
in·​scribe
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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