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

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
Recent Examples on the Web With the proper setup, Whisper could easily be used to transcribe interviews, podcasts, and potentially translate podcasts produced in non-English languages to English on your machine—for free. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2022 These people dedicate not just hours of their summers to watching the show, but some spend weeks blogging about it and even others transcribe the show for many hours each day, for months on end. Dalton Ross,, 28 June 2022 Abridge, a startup using artificial intelligence to securely transcribe medical appointments, has raised a $12.5 million Series A-1 round led by Wittington Ventures. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Then, the retron would reverse transcribe the RNA sequence, including the gene-specific barcode. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 Also, the company has added the option to transcribe audio in Italian and Spanish on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro when using the Recorder app. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 7 Mar. 2022 Live Caption: Pixels can automatically transcribe any video playing on the screen. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 22 July 2022 The glasses can translate and transcribe conversations in real-time (video above). Chris Smith, BGR, 21 July 2022 So when her grandson’s bar mitzvah was streamed on Zoom early in the pandemic, well before the service offered captions, Olken turned to Otter, an app created to transcribe business meetings. Tali Arbel, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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27 Sep 2022

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“Transcribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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