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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Google’s forthcoming Recorder app promises to both record and transcribe audio into text within the Google Pixel 4. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Try out the Google Pixel 4's Recorder transcription tech now, on your own phone," 15 Oct. 2019 Apple has come under fire for transcribing audio recordings of Siri users. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "You’re not paranoid: Your phone really is listening in," 20 Dec. 2019 Because this is a movie that has a premise around trying to maintain silence, transcribing what happens in the trailer took all of zero seconds. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Our first look at the 'A Quiet Place' sequel is here," 18 Dec. 2019 Though some cells sustain damage from the dehydration process when revived, many survive and appear to retain basic functions, including transcribing their DNA in preparation for protein production. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Scientists Pumped Ovarian Tissue Full of Sugar and Microwaved It. Here’s Why," 10 Dec. 2019 The set starts with Meditation and Processional, composed in 1951 by Ernest Bloch, followed by Evening at the Village and Slovak Peasant’s Dance, transcribed piano solos by Bela Bartok., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 That meant translating individual synthesizer notes into full string and horn sections, the way Leopold Stokowski transcribed Bach’s immortal Baroque organ piece, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, for an orchestra. John Wenzel, The Know, "The Flaming Lips’ new album with the Colorado Symphony is a stocking-stuffer straight from Red Rocks," 28 Nov. 2019 One of the great examples in the history of transcribing folk music. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen To Italian Composer Ludovico Einaudi's Sublime #TBT Mixtape," 26 Sep. 2019 Twitter: @techchronicle Google is restarting a practice in which human contractors listen to and transcribe some voice commands people give to the company’s Assistant., "Google clarifying transcription policy; lawsuit on Musk pay can proceed," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of transcribe was in 1552

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12 Jan 2020

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“Transcribe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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


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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