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 Their names are marked down in a leather notebook that was created to inscribe their importance to Cherokee heritage and culture. New York Times, "Plenty of Vaccines, but Not Enough Arms: A Warning Sign in Cherokee Nation," 16 Mar. 2021 The lithe female statue originally stood on the monument’s steps, reaching upward to inscribe lofty words into a granite pedestal on which stood a sculpture of Heintz. New York Times, "In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time," 22 Jan. 2021 Anyone who has lost a loved one to covid-19 is encouraged to inscribe one of the flags with a name or a message. Washington Post, "This rippling field of flags in D.C. shows covid-19’s scale," 22 Oct. 2020 The National Basketball Association will allow players to inscribe social justice messages on top of their jersey numbers. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "NBA agrees to list of social justice messages on jerseys: Report," 4 July 2020 Federal authorities announced the forfeiture Monday of an ancient tablet inscribed with part of the Epic of Gilgamesh from a museum backed by the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby. NBC News, "Authorities announce forfeiture of ancient Gilgamesh tablet from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible," 18 May 2020 Then inscribe a circle with a radius of 1 around the origin. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials," 14 May 2020 That’s why, on the last day of its session in 2018, Prime Minister Netanyahu personally led a floor fight that lasted until dawn, in a frantic, ultimately successful bid to inscribe a new Nation-State law into the Basic Law. Jo-ann Mort, The New York Review of Books, "The Trump–Netanyahu Plan to Force Arab Population Transfer," 3 Feb. 2020 There is no memorial marker for Gaido in Milwaukee though his name is inscribed at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Battle of Midway hero played by Nick Jonas in new film was Milwaukee man," 14 Nov. 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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29 Mar 2021

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“Inscribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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

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inscription noun

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