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 Coleman’s name is inscribed on a banner in his gym, as are the names of her two sisters. Josh Kovner,, "Southern Connecticut State University mourns death of gymnast in training accident," 11 Nov. 2019 But under current policy, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs could not inscribe his wife’s name on his headstone or marker if he was buried at a private cemetery. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sen. Sinema's new bill would allow families' names to be put on veterans' headstones, too," 29 Oct. 2019 The King James Bible, which is on display in the museum, is inscribed by American soldier Francis Merrifield, who thanks God for sparing his life in the bloody 1775 battle. Fox News, "Woman buys old family Bible at library book sale, discovers this inside," 24 Oct. 2019 In 1977, an Amnesty Law inscribed this informal Pact of Forgetting into Spain’s legal code. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "It’s Spain’s turn to ponder what to do with a dead dictator," 16 Oct. 2019 Interestingly, shapes are very much inscribed in the style of a period. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Why Grand Duchess Vladimir, a Long-Gone Romanov, Continues to Inspire Cartier's Watch Designs," 1 Oct. 2019 Microsoft’s Project Silica has delivered proof of concept for its quartz glass storage theories, after teaming up with Warner Bros. to inscribe the classic 1978 Christopher Reeve Superman film onto a palm-size glass disk. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Stored an Entire Superman Movie on a Piece of Glass," 4 Nov. 2019 Aurore held out her tablet for Monique to sign, reminding her not to use her nail to inscribe her signature. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 The uniformed troops placed 29 memorial stones, each inscribed with the name of a fallen service member who had a connection to APG, within the plaza. David Anderson,, "Aberdeen Proving Ground leaders honor 29 fallen service members for Gold Star Mothers’ and Families’ Day," 8 Oct. 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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30 Nov 2019

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“Inscribe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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inscription noun

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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