transcribe

verb
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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Scribes transcribing the recitations would have heard different versions depending on the storyteller, so there were likely various versions of the Homer epics works floating around the ancient world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 Bank executives are concerned about how Amazon might use some of the data gathered from Alexa, which transcribes user conversations with the AI system, the people said. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon: Best of Frenemies," 5 Jan. 2019 Instead, the Google Assistant will spit out one of several canned, robotic voice lines and will transcribe the answers from the caller. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 In nature, enzymes do things like break apart long starch chains into sugars, assemble proteins, or transcribe DNA. Umair Irfan, Vox, "3 scientists sped up evolution in a lab. Their work just won a Nobel Prize.," 3 Oct. 2018 But Microsoft also plans a few key developments at the user level, including final rollouts of features the company has announced previously, such as the ability to blur backgrounds within Microsoft Teams video chats and transcribe meetings. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "New Microsoft Search, Ideas tap AI to add smart features to Microsoft's Office 365," 24 Sep. 2018 Years ago, Google's Voice service began the invaluable practice of machine-transcribing voicemails and forwarding them to your inbox. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, the Robots Are Turning Phone Calls Into Text Chats," 3 Dec. 2018 In most of the cases, Mr. Whitaker forwarded the emails and transcribed voice mails to Scott Cooper, World Patent Marketing’s CEO. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "Matthew Whitaker Knew of Fraud Allegations at Company He Advised," 30 Nov. 2018 Its machine-learning system, called Rosetta, is designed to help identify text in more than a billion images and videos daily, and then transcribe the words in a way that’s machine-readable. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New iPhones and more: It’s Apple launch day," 12 Sep. 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 How to pronounce transcribe (audio) \
transcribed; transcribing

Kids Definition of transcribe

: to make a copy of

transcribe

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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