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.
Recent Examples of inscribe from the Web
The European Cup has been around for half a decade but only one name has been inscribed on the trophy: Real Madrid.
Attendees can view the names of those local military men and women inscribed onto 10 marble tablets housed at the venue, with docents at the ready to answer questions throughout the tour.
As the West Virginia sank, Downing rushed to memorize the names inscribed on dog tags worn by the deceased.
The walls of the Hall of Memory are inscribed with the names of 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Ypres salient before 16 August 1917.
In Overtown, the paving will be inscribed with jazz instruments.
The 12-foot-high, verdigrised copper, granite and wood sculpture is inscribed with four encrypted messages, three of which have been solved.
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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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