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 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 With a tablet inscribed with the date of America’s independence, a broken chain beside one foot symbolizing the abolition of slavery, and a guiding light held up for the world to see, the structure is loaded with symbolism. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Photos: The Statue of Liberty, Mother of Exiles," 15 Aug. 2019 Then came the Pride’s first match without Pressley, during which the Chicago Red Stars debuted warm-up tops emblazoned with a pink ribbon and inscribed with Pressley’s initials. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride defender Toni Pressley finds strength on pitch after battling breast cancer," 3 Aug. 2019 The ruins of a brick chimney from the home of the community’s 19th-century chief still stand in Africatown today; a few steps away stands a white stone property marker inscribed with the name Meaher. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What will happen to the last slave ship in the US?," 2 Aug. 2019 Brown appeared wearing only a white towel, which just happened to be inscribed with Hotel Artemis, around his waist. Stephanie Petit,, "Sterling K. Brown Wears Only a Towel in New Video As He Jokes That He Needs a Gym Membership," 6 June 2018 Saddam Hussein infamously reconstructed part of Babylon, some of which dates back to the 18th-century B.C. with bricks inscribed with his name in an attempt to associate himself with Mesopotamia’s past glories. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation’s Future," 4 Sep. 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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of inscribe was in the 15th century

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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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