transcribe

verb
tran·​scribe | \ tran(t)-ˈskrīb \
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

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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
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Most genes encode proteins and are transcribed from DNA into RNA before they're translated into a protein. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 Then employees noticed that executives’ words were being transcribed in real time by the New York Times’ Kate Conger, who had a source inside. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company," 18 Aug. 2018 The final document, largely based on Adams’s draft, was transcribed by Grenelle, the library said. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "The long-lost ‘Laws of Base Ball,’ and one fan’s outsize bid to get them," 18 May 2018 Your spoken reply gets sent to the person who sent it as a short voice message that is also transcribed. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape," 14 Nov. 2018 Videos stored within either cloud service (and played back using the native player) will be automatically transcribed, making them easily searchable. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds video transcription to Microsoft 365 OneDrive to keep corporate content off YouTube," 28 Aug. 2018 Hundreds of rolls were transcribed that way—and destroyed in the process. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Speech dictation programs like Dragon passively transcribe language between text and speech without analysis. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 Finally, the researchers programmed the skill to transcribe words and sentences spoken during the session, and send that data back to the developer. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Turning an Echo Into a Spy Device Only Took Some Clever Coding," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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transcribe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of transcribe

: to make a written copy of (something)

: to write down (something that is spoken)

: to rewrite (a piece of music) so that it can be performed by a different instrument or voice

transcribe

verb
tran·​scribe | \ tran-ˈskrīb \
transcribed; transcribing

Kids Definition of transcribe

: to make a copy of

transcribe

transitive verb
tran·​scribe | \ tran(t)s-ˈkrīb \
transcribed; transcribing

Medical Definition of transcribe

: to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription

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