Definition of inscribe in English:

inscribe

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Write or carve (words or symbols) on something, especially as a formal or permanent record.

    ‘his name was inscribed on the new silver trophy’
    • ‘The figure six is inscribed backwards while the words and letters are separated by diamonds and hearts.’
    • ‘These were one liners written by groups of five poets who would each secretly inscribe a word on a slip of paper.’
    • ‘On their leaves he has inscribed words from Scottish ghost stories.’
    • ‘Jensom led them all into a bright room, filled with monks inscribing words of wisdom onto tablets and papyrus.’
    • ‘A golden band encircled it, decked with bells like all the rest of his outfit, and words were inscribed upon it.’
    • ‘Soon the other boys got the idea and insulting words were soon inscribed on the walls.’
    • ‘Those words are inscribed on a Memorial Marker at the place he was shot on the border of Hyde Park.’
    • ‘Perhaps, the word is inscribed in English so that a cross-section of tourists would understand it.’
    • ‘These words, later inscribed on the same rock where he unloaded the box, can be seen even today.’
    • ‘Those are the words inscribed in the entry way of a veterans administration hospital I once visited in my youth.’
    • ‘I opened the locket, with three words inscribed on the inside.’
    • ‘It can be traced way back to ancient Greece, when the words ‘medicine for the soul’ were inscribed over the door to the library at Thebes.’
    • ‘However, she said she did not agree with other relatives of asbestos victims who called recently for the arch to be turned into such a memorial, for example by inscribing the names of victims on it.’
    • ‘It was engraved with my name and said, ‘First prize for excellence in English’ Under those words were inscribed the date it was won.’
    • ‘Those infamous words were inscribed on the War Room walls.’
    • ‘The lad carried the precious words that God inscribed on stone tablets to Ethiopia and today they reside in a little church in the ancient city of Axum.’
    • ‘I will remember him as a friend who was undaunted, defiant and unrepentant which words we inscribed on his coffin in the early hours of Saturday morning last as we bid him a final farewell.’
    • ‘We must inscribe those words alongside some of today's political utterances.’
    • ‘He inscribed the word ‘boring’ across his recently written notes.’
    • ‘To write properly I would need to know which picture to draw and which sounds from the spoken word to inscribe next to it.’
    carve, write, engrave, etch, cut, chisel, chase, score, incise
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    1. 1.1 Mark (an object) with characters.
      ‘the memorial is inscribed with ten names’
      ‘an inscribed watch’
      • ‘It has a face on top, which is inscribed with the letters West Point and the date of graduation.’
      • ‘The base for the structure, which is inscribed with ‘Lest we Forget’ was installed in 2001 and has been a focal point of the past two Remembrance Day ceremonies.’
      • ‘The five-foot tall bronze-cast structure, which is inscribed with the victims' names, will be unveiled at the accident site.’
      • ‘Its piercing steel blade is decoratively inscribed with intricate patterns with a crown at its summit.’
      • ‘A single gravestone from this period may be inscribed with epitaphs that belong to as many as seven different individuals, though whether or not the grave contained seven bodies is unknown.’
      • ‘Many of these are inscribed with the sayings of ancient emperors, famous poets and scholars.’
      • ‘He made drawings with sophisticated perspectival schemes that are inscribed with the hour and day they were made, and concentrate on innumerable subtleties of variation in colour and tone.’
      • ‘The envelope in her hand is inscribed with a man's name and address, suggesting a romantic element.’
      • ‘The wallpaper-covered box of about 1830 is inscribed with a schedule for setting out glass eggs to stimulate ducks, chickens, and turkeys to lay.’
      • ‘The watches are inscribed with serial numbers.’
      • ‘The dark walls were inscribed with some ancient prayer.’
      • ‘She carried a staff that was inscribed with symbols and what looks like carved patterns of vines, at the top rest a pearl.’
      • ‘Three tall memorial archways inscribed with Chinese characters stand outside the temple.’
      • ‘The silver bowl burner is also inscribed with the Special Olympics Logo.’
      • ‘Not that she noticed, with her head turned down to the tiled floor, the entire surface inscribed with ancient runes by people long since dead.’
      • ‘Each capsule was inscribed with the person's name and a personal message.’
      • ‘Sited on the path to Suilven, his favourite mountain, it is made of sandstone and has a bronze plaque that's inscribed with one of his best-loved poems, Climbing Suilven.’
      • ‘Thousands of bones and tortoise shells were discovered there which had been inscribed with ancient Chinese characters.’
      • ‘He describes the frame's edges being inscribed with Japanese characters and expresses the wish to translate them.’
      • ‘Everything - from its ads to its shopping bags - is inscribed with its ‘sweatshop-free’ tag line.’
      carve, write, engrave, etch, cut, chisel, chase, score, incise
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    2. 1.2 Write an informal dedication to someone in or on (a book)
      ‘he inscribed the first copy “To my dearest grandmother.”’
      • ‘Donors to Friends of Hillary receive gifts ranging from a bookmark to a personally inscribed limited edition of the book.’
      • ‘Instead of the traditional wedding gifts Rachel and Matthew asked their guests to donate a book which had touched that guest's life and inscribe it with a special message.’
      • ‘Yesterday a package arrived in the mail: Hugh's book, from Hugh, fresh from the printer and inscribed by the author.’
      • ‘I inscribed it, ‘To Lance, A little book about cycling and friendship’.’
      • ‘She wrote back saying how touched she was, and how glad that I liked her work, and that I was welcome to send my books along for her to personally inscribe, and that she'd try to take a look at the book.’
      • ‘You once gave me a large coffee table book; it was an Encyclopedia of Vampires, inscribed: ‘To Barry from his personal bloodsucker’.’
      • ‘He kindly gave the Diary an inscribed copy of his book of poems, Soldiers Of The Sea, some time ago.’
      • ‘My only concern is that Timmy sent me an inscribed book that said, ‘I love you, dude.’’
      • ‘Unlike the other three copies, these are inscribed.’
      • ‘Then, ‘With best wishes from one Celt to another’ he inscribed my copy of ‘Colossus’.’
      • ‘The book is inscribed at the front as belonging to a Mrs Janet Maule and is dated 25 June, 1701, although recipes have been added over a number of years.’
      • ‘He also gets £50 and a personally inscribed copy of my autobiography.’
      • ‘Mailer, disappointed to find that Buckley had apparently neglected to inscribe the book, promptly flipped through the index to see whether he had been mentioned.’
      • ‘Before he rushed off, he asked us to inscribe copies of our books for him.’
      • ‘And our prize books were duly inscribed copies of the following three.’
      dedicate, address, name, sign
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    3. 1.3archaic Enter the name of (someone) on a list or in a book; enroll.
      • ‘Of course, we wish to be inscribed in the book of life, but it should be a life that we wish to be in rather than one that we seek to escape from.’
      • ‘Our names will be inscribed in the books of ages!’
      • ‘‘We inscribe them in the book of the saints, and establish that in all the church they be devoutly honoured among the saints,’ the Pope said in Spanish.’
      • ‘During the Rosh Hashana prayers, we cry out to be inscribed in the book of Life.’
      • ‘Their names were inscribed in the book of enrolment.’
      write down, set down, put in writing, put down, take down, note, make a note of, jot down, put down on paper, commit to paper
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  • 2Geometry
    Draw (a figure) within another so that their boundaries touch but do not intersect.

    ‘a regular polygon inscribed in a circle’
    Compare with circumscribe
    • ‘Ptolemy calculated chords by first inscribing regular polygons of 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 sides in a circle.’
    • ‘The final part shows how each of the five regular polyhedra can be inscribed in a sphere.’
    • ‘By contrast, when I examine what figures can be inscribed in a circle, it is in no way necessary for me to think that this class includes all quadrilaterals.’
    • ‘This he obtained by circumscribing and inscribing a circle with regular polygons having 96 sides.’
    • ‘It involves the solution of polygons given certain sides and angles between them, their mensuration, division by diagonals, circumscribing polygons around circles and inscribing polygons in circles.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin inscribere, from in- ‘into’ + scribere ‘write’.

Pronunciation

inscribe

/ɪnˈskraɪb//inˈskrīb/