tran·​scribe | \ tran(t)-ˈskrīb How to pronounce transcribe (audio) \
transcribed; transcribing

Definition of transcribe

transitive verb

1a : to make a written copy of
b : to make a copy of (dictated or recorded matter) in longhand or on a machine (such as a typewriter)
c : to paraphrase or summarize in writing
2a : to represent (speech sounds) by means of phonetic symbols
c : to transfer (data) from one recording form to another
d : to record (as on magnetic tape) for later broadcast
3 : to make a musical transcription of
4 : to cause (DNA or RNA) to undergo genetic transcription

Other Words from transcribe

transcriber noun

Examples of transcribe in a Sentence

He transcribed all of his great-grandfather's letters. The senator's speech was transcribed. a Mozart string quartet transcribed for piano a system that allows linguists to transcribe the sounds of any language
Recent Examples on the Web The report detailed how the Ukrainian army used the A.I. services of the company Primer to listen in and transcribe the conversations of Russian soldiers who were communicating via unencrypted channels. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Spot Meetings: Spot will transcribe conversations, take notes, and highlight follow-ups from phone meetings conducted away from your desk. Heather Landy, Quartz, 5 Apr. 2022 Instead of simply directly assaying the contents of your nose swab, the first step with RT PCR tests is to transcribe any viral RNA in the sample into DNA (the RT steps) and then amplify that result for detection (the PCR bits). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2022 With the ability to instantly transcribe speech across multiple languages, artificial intelligence removes any language barriers for students, enabling them to be potentially involved, learn and communicate in any language. Rem Darbinyan, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 The 1940 census records were released a decade ago, but the federal government didn't transcribe and index the names. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2022 My colleagues even used voice typing to transcribe press conferences during COVID by parking their laptops near a TV speaker. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2022 Textract tool to transcribe handwritten names from the digitized population schedules. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Google has a transcription service built into the Pixel, and Microsoft just released an app called Group Transcribe that can transcribe conversations happening in real-time. Chris Smith, BGR, 12 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of transcribe

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for transcribe

Latin transcribere, from trans- + scribere to write — more at scribe

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18 May 2022

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“Transcribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for transcribe


tran·​scribe | \ tran-ˈskrīb How to pronounce transcribe (audio) \
transcribed; transcribing

Kids Definition of transcribe

: to make a copy of


transitive verb
tran·​scribe | \ tran(t)s-ˈkrīb How to pronounce transcribe (audio) \
transcribed; transcribing

Medical Definition of transcribe

: to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription

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