Definition of transcribe
3 : to make a musical transcription of
4 : to cause (as DNA) to undergo genetic transcription
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
Origin and Etymology of transcribe
Latin transcribere, from trans- + scribere to write — more at scribe
First Known Use: 1552
TRANSCRIBE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of transcribe for Students
: 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.
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