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[en-greyv] /ɛnˈgreɪv/
verb (used with object), engraved, engraving.
to chase (letters, designs, etc.) on a hard surface, as of metal, stone, or the end grain of wood:
She had the jeweler engrave her name on the back of the watch.
to print from such a surface.
to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.:
He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
to impress deeply; infix:
That image is engraved on my mind.
1500-10; < Middle French engraver; see en-1, grave3
Related forms
engravable, adjective
engraver, noun
reengrave, verb (used with object), reengraved, reengraving.
superengrave, verb (used with object), superengraved, superengraving.
underengraver, noun
unengraved, adjective
well-engraved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for engraved
  • The logs would then be carved, engraved, and customized for public display as symbols.
  • He got my name engraved on the last one- first and middle name in cursive.
  • Other parts of the mechanism are engraved with a floral design.
  • That's because the bulk of the cost resides in making the engraved plates and setting up the machine in the first place.
  • In order to preserve the uniqueness of his drawing, the artist refused to have his compositions engraved.
  • Split into quadrants, each section is engraved with the seal of the state, laying claim to its parcel of disk.
  • The image engraved on the lamp was a fallen gladiator.
  • Near the top of the ridge, sunlight glints off a marble monument covered with engraved script.
  • He brought in gifts from the royal couple-an engraved box and a coral amulet suspended from a leather strap.
  • Any half-dozen of them would have engraved their author's name in history.
British Dictionary definitions for engraved


verb (transitive)
to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
to fix deeply or permanently in the mind
Derived Forms
engraver, noun
Word Origin
C16: from en-1 + grave³, on the model of French engraver
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Word Origin and History for engraved



late 15c. (implied in ingraved), from en- (1) + obsolete verb grave "carve" (see grave (v.)). Related: Engraved; engraving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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