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Definition of "inscribe" []

  • To write, print, carve, or engrave (words or letters) on or in a surface. (verb-transitive)
  • To mark or engrave (a surface) with words or letters. (verb-transitive)
  • To enter (a name) on a list or in a register. (verb-transitive)
  • To sign one's name or write a brief message in or on (a gift book or photograph, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To dedicate to someone. (verb-transitive)
  • To make, carve, or engrave (writing, letters, a design, etc) on (a surface such as wood, stone, or paper) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To enter (a name) on a list or in a register (verb)
  • To sign one's name on (a book, photograph, etc) before presentation to another person (verb)
  • To draw (a geometric construction such as a circle, polygon, etc) inside another construction so that the two are in contact but do not intersect (verb)

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Use "inscribe" in a sentence
  • "Only Mrs. Clinton's perfectly cutesy-pie idea was to inscribe the Russian word for "reset" on the button."
  • "My first act was to look at the register where all persons who call inscribe their names, and I was surprised to notice the number of Americans present in"
  • "Under the deal President Obama helped secure in Copenhagen, major emitters of greenhouse gases are expected to "inscribe" their reduction targets by Jan. 31."