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 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 The tablet is inscribed with a portion of Gilgamesh, an epic poem considered one of the world's oldest works of literature, written in cuneiform -- a system of writing on clay tablets used in ancient Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "US wants to send ancient artifact Hobby Lobby bought for $1.6 million back to Iraq," 20 May 2020 Their names are inscribed on the Soldiers Memorial, and their hometown hero banners will be displayed every year on Public Square. cleveland, "Rain washes out one Brooklyn eatery, leaves a soggy mess elsewhere: Sun Postings," 18 May 2020 Vincent Tullo for The New York Times Over the years, architects have not been the only ones to inscribe New York’s skyline — the signature image of the last American century — across the urban ether. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "The Hidden Feats That Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers," 29 Apr. 2020 The problem lay with Apodaca, which had already inscribed a flawed reading of that amendment into constitutional law. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court’s War Over Jury Trials Could Change Everything," 21 Apr. 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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14 Jun 2020

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“Inscribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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