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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Recent Examples on the Web On Twitter, the reporter who wrote the article said the mistake happened because the comment by Buttigieg happened with a noisy background, causing the reporter to mishear the recording while transcribing at a rally. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Pete Buttigieg clarifies views on the Obama administration after criticism for a viral misquote," 11 Nov. 2019 To cut through that fog, researchers at NOAA have spent more than a decade gathering data on surface pressure, temperature, and sea ice conditions from archives around the world that are being digitized and transcribed with the help of volunteers. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "Decades of detailed weather reports pulled from old sailor's logs," 25 Oct. 2019 Google Assistant has faced scrutiny this year after reports revealed that Google contractors were transcribing some customers' spoken communication with the AI to help improve the system. CBS News, "Google debuts new Pixel 4 smartphone in AI-forward launch event," 15 Oct. 2019 Assistant has faced scrutiny this year after reports revealed that Google contractors were transcribing some customer’s spoken communication with the AI to help improve the system. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI," 15 Oct. 2019 Assistant has faced scrutiny this year after reports revealed that Google contractors were transcribing some customer’s spoken communication with the AI to help improve the system. Rachel Lerman, SFChronicle.com, "Google Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI debut," 15 Oct. 2019 Depending on how the White House transcribed this call, the generation of this report could raise further national security concerns. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Trump-Zelensky Call Was Transcribed Using Voice Recognition Software. Is That Secure?," 28 Sep. 2019 After months of revelations that smart speakers get a very human intelligence boost from contractors who transcribe and review customer audio snippets, the mea culpas are flowing in. Wired, "Google Tightens Its Voice Assistant Rules Amid Privacy Backlash," 23 Sep. 2019 Bloomberg, citing the company, reported that the users who were affected chose the option in the Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Facebook reportedly paid contractors for audio transcription," 13 Aug. 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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transcribe

verb
How to pronounce transcribe (audio)

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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