Definition of engrave in English:



[WITH OBJECT]usually be engraved
  • 1Cut or carve (a text or design) on the surface of a hard object.

    ‘my name was engraved on the ring’
    • ‘The names of each one of the 30 countries have been engraved on the plain grey surface of the memorial.’
    • ‘Four letters were engraved inside the crystal: Kari.’
    • ‘Then I began to study the emblem; an amazingly intricate design was delicately engraved on its surface.’
    • ‘Charles Darwin once visited, and his words about the view have been engraved on a rock.’
    • ‘A looping ‘V. E. D.’ was engraved onto the smooth surface of the compact, revealing the compact's owner.’
    • ‘The name of my great uncle is engraved on the war memorial in Radcliffe, opposite what was the town hall.’
    • ‘Since pipes played an important role in the lives of the Indians, many are elaborately carved or decorated wood, with bowls of finely engraved soapstone.’
    • ‘Sian's name has now been engraved on a plaque, which is kept in the chapel at the HMS Drake naval establishment, in Plymouth.’
    • ‘Sun designs were engraved all around it with a length of gold fabric going down the front and back from the belt.’
    • ‘Floral designs formerly inlaid were now engraved and new designs including human figures and architectural scenes were introduced.’
    • ‘Waiting for Sean in the clubhouse was a beautiful five wood golf club with a hickory shaft with his name engraved on its smooth surface.’
    • ‘Mr Moore, 59, employed to promote tourism and trade in London, said the 8in brass bell was clearly identifiable as his name was engraved on one side.’
    • ‘Two rings of concave markings were engraved on its base and shoulder.’
    • ‘Their names have been engraved on a dry stone dyke at the museum.’
    • ‘The first character of the signature is badly engraved and hesitantly formed.’
    • ‘The nine compound bowls have engraved designs.’
    • ‘She stared into her reflection, and then focused onto the giant ‘T’ and ‘A’ that were engraved into the glass.’
    • ‘Strange shapes were engraved on the walls, images of birds and feathers and eyes.’
    • ‘Mr Smith was buried at Eastbrookend Cemetery, Dagenham, and his name was engraved on the headstone of his family plot at Dagenham Parish Churchyard.’
    • ‘We have seen two other examples of the waffle knife, both having different but equally elaborate engraved decorative designs.’
    carve, inscribe, cut, cut in, incise, chisel, chase, score, etch, imprint, impress, print, mark
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    1. 1.1 Cut or carve a text or design on (such an object).
      • ‘At the end of the hallway I was pushed through a large metal door engraved with pictures.’
      • ‘The stone memorial centrepiece is engraved with lines from William Shakespeare's 30th sonnet.’
      • ‘For a more elegant look, these engraved glasses will do the trick.’
      • ‘If she has indeed been chosen, the plate will already be engraved with the same information as each of yours.’
      • ‘On each table was an engraved lead crystal glass.’
      • ‘I earned a distinction of sorts - in the form of a glass plaque engraved with our coat of arms and the title of the prize - but receiving it didn't feel good.’
      • ‘In the 19th century, numerous banks were set up throughout the country and were often engraved with a design identifying the locality.’
      • ‘After cooling and polishing, the glass is ready to be engraved or cut using traditional tools and techniques.’
      • ‘I had this engraved glass partition installed, to separate my office from the rest of the passenger seats.’
      • ‘The gravestone will be engraved with the name Gwen.’
      • ‘A clear glass screen engraved by the artist enables a visual connection to be made between the two buildings.’
      • ‘The panels of bone inlay are engraved with animal designs, which retain traces of red, green, and yellow paint.’
      • ‘Symbolizing the Twin Towers, the walls will be engraved with the names of each victim in 4-inch letters.’
      • ‘Our glass was engraved and painted.’
      • ‘This particular knife was her pride and joy, a replica Knight's parrying dagger whose blade was finely engraved and sharp as a razor.’
      • ‘I engrave glass professionally, we both adore music and we shall undoubtedly travel.’
      • ‘The manufacturing process takes less than 15 minutes; and if a buyer wishes, a glass can be customised or engraved.’
      • ‘Towards the end of the 16th century in Germany, wine glasses are sophistically engraved as decoration.’
      • ‘Large granite disks on the ground either side of the Line are engraved with poems from each of the countries.’
      • ‘Beginning in the sixteenth century, the Venetians engraved some of their glasses using a tool with a diamond tip.’
    2. 1.2 Cut (a design) as lines on a metal plate for printing.
      • ‘In order to move beyond shoemaker Lane's effort and produce globes his neighbors would be proud to own, Wilson had to learn to engrave his maps on copper plates.’
      • ‘In engraving, fine lines are incised directly into the plate and the burrs removed to produce clean, sharp lines on the print.’
      • ‘He was soon engraving large plates of landscape views and scientific specimens for federal government reports of exploring expeditions.’
      • ‘His simply read narrative style is exemplified in his 1744 series of twelve subjects from Samuel Richardson's Pamela which were engraved in 1745 and published to much acclaim.’
      • ‘The bank engraves banknote images into metal plates by hand and uses special inks and watermarks to prevent forgery.’
      • ‘He designed and engraved the plates for the first paper money in Massachusetts and established the first mill for rolling copper sheets.’
    3. 1.3be engraved on" or "in Be permanently fixed in (one's memory or mind)
      ‘the image would be forever engraved in his memory’
      • ‘This trip is one that will be engraved in my mind forever.’
      • ‘The image was engraved in her mind, as she regained consciousness.’
      • ‘And before he could even talk, these melodies had been engraved in his memory.’
      • ‘While Flight was the first horse whose story was engraved in my mind and heart, he will not be the last.’
      • ‘What she said though would be engraved in my mind forever.’
      • ‘Everything I had experienced, everything I had learned that eventful summer would forever be engraved in my mind.’
      • ‘She didn't remember much but the last night was engraved in her mind.’
      • ‘It will always be engraved in my memory, always forever as the single line that gave my heart away to Lindsay.’
      • ‘It will be engraved in the memory of its children in future as the bloodiest war in history.’
      • ‘One that would be engraved in her young, impressionable memory forever.’
      • ‘I'm not exactly sure why this incident is engraved in my memory out of all the times I told people to go home when there was a curfew, but there was something so noble about him.’
      • ‘The murder is engraved on our memories… and goes against everything that is dear to us in the Netherlands.’
      • ‘It was a moment that will forever be engraved in my mind and in the minds of all South Africans.’
      • ‘Unlike personal memories or shared recollections from family gatherings, the memory of the events of last September was engraved in our consciousness through the media.’
      • ‘But there is one picture from last week that will forever be engraved on the American memory.’
      • ‘Even now, 2 years later, the number is engraved in my mind.’
      fix, set, imprint, stamp, brand, impress, deboss, embed, etch, ingrain, lodge, register, record
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  • be engraved in stone


Late 15th century (formerly also as ingrave): from en-, in- ‘in, on’ + grave, influenced by obsolete French engraver.