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

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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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 May 2020 Then inscribe a circle with a radius of 1 around the origin. Quanta Magazine, 14 May 2020

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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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“Inscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inscribe. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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