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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So, the company had the rapper transcribe the song for them -- and then Genius saw their version being displayed on Google. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Genius accuses Google of stealing song lyrics," 17 June 2019 But no one is forced to transcribe their thoughts by hand and drop those letters in a mailbox. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "20 everyday tasks that nobody does anymore," 13 June 2019 The album launched a long career in which the Nite Tripper and Mr. Rebennack would converge, most obviously in the man’s New Orleans-centric patois that, when transcribed, may confound an English educator but would delight a listener., "Dr. John, a true New Orleans music legend, dies at age 77," 6 June 2019 Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, plus a co-founder of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, asked 27 court reporters to transcribe and paraphrase clips of African American speech. Cassie Owens,, "Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters," 5 June 2019 Instead, Executive Director Michael Ryan read the locations out loud at a meeting, leaving journalists to transcribe the list. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "New York City’s Early Voting Plan Will Favor White, Affluent Voters, Advocacy Groups Say," 17 May 2019 The meeting Wednesday with Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York and the panel’s top Republican, Doug Collins of Georgia, isn’t a formal deposition or transcribed interview. Billy House,, "Whitaker to Meet With House Lawmakers to Clarify Testimony, Official Says," 11 Mar. 2019 Since the palace took a pass on transcribing whatever Wills actually said, there's only way to find out. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince William's Comment to Princess Charlotte in a Rare Royal Family Video Is Stumping the Internet," 21 May 2019 Likewise, Google is starting to respond to Microsoft, whose Skype videoconferencing apps are becoming more defined by their ability to transcribe and translate content than just allowing more than one employee to talk to one another. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5 Google G Suite changes that will improve your life," 11 Apr. 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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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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