transcribe

verb tran·scribe \ tran(t)-ˈskrīb \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of transcribe

transcribed; transcribing
transitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : to represent (speech sounds) by means of phonetic symbols
b : translate 1a
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

transcriber

noun

Examples of transcribe in a Sentence

  1. He transcribed all of his great-grandfather's letters.

  2. The senator's speech was transcribed.

  3. a Mozart string quartet transcribed for piano

  4. a system that allows linguists to transcribe the sounds of any language

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Origin and Etymology of transcribe

Latin transcribere, from trans- + scribere to write — more at scribe


TRANSCRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

transcribe

verb

Definition of transcribe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

transcribe

verb tran·scribe \ tran-ˈskrīb \

Definition of transcribe for Students

transcribed; transcribing
: to make a copy of

Word Root of transcribe

The Latin word scribere, meaning “to write,” and its form scriptus give us the roots scrib and script. Words from the Latin scribere have something to do with writing. To scribble is to write quickly or carelessly. To describe is to write or tell about something or someone. A manuscript is a document written by hand. To transcribe is to write down something spoken or copy something written.


Medical Dictionary

transcribe

transitive verb tran·scribe \ tran(t)s-ˈkrīb \

medical Definition of transcribe

transcribed; transcribing
: to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription


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