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[in-skrahyb] /ɪnˈskraɪb/
verb (used with object), inscribed, inscribing.
to address or dedicate (a book, photograph, etc.) informally to a person, especially by writing a brief personal note in or on it.
to mark (a surface) with words, characters, etc., especially in a durable or conspicuous way.
to write, print, mark, or engrave (words, characters, etc.).
to enroll, as on an official list.
Geometry. to draw or delineate (one figure) within another figure so that the inner lies entirely within the boundary of the outer, touching it at as many points as possible:
to inscribe a circle in a square.
  1. to issue (a loan) in the form of shares with registered stockholders.
  2. to sell (stocks).
  3. to buy (stocks).
Origin of inscribe
1545-55; < Latin inscrībere, equivalent to in- in-2 + scrībere to write; see scribe1
Related forms
inscribable, adjective
inscribableness, noun
inscriber, noun
preinscribe, verb (used with object), preinscribed, preinscribing.
reinscribe, verb (used with object), reinscribed, reinscribing.
superinscribe, verb (used with object), superinscribed, superinscribing.
uninscribed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inscribed
  • inscribed blocks have been stolen, and illegal excavations and construction have been reported at several sites.
  • Three of the four names had been inscribed earlier, but not marked with ceremonies, while the fourth is a new addition.
  • Names are inscribed on limestone markers that line a path through the garden's azaleas and camellias.
  • Mom said the first year she baked the heart-shaped cake, five tiers, each inscribed with one of our names.
  • The names of the dead are inscribed in the bronze that surrounds the pools.
  • Being marginal notes inscribed in volumes formerly in his possession.
  • The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones.
  • Those rock walls are inscribed invitations for busy days exploring hiking trails, cycling tracks and climbing routes.
  • Archaeologists have inventoried the stone tools used by these early inhabitants and the patterns inscribed on their ceramics.
  • The other side, which has a federal shield-and-eagle symbol, appears to have been sanded and inscribed.
British Dictionary definitions for inscribed


verb (transitive)
to make, carve, or engrave (writing, letters, a design, etc) on (a surface such as wood, stone, or paper)
to enter (a name) on a list or in a register
to sign one's name on (a book, photograph, etc) before presentation to another person
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 Compare circumscribe (sense 3)
Derived Forms
inscribable, adjective
inscribableness, noun
inscriber, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inscrībere; see inscription
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inscribed



1550s (form inscriven is from late 14c.), from Latin inscribere "to write in or on," (see inscription). Meaning "to dedicate (by means of an inscription)" is from 1640s. Related: Inscribed; inscribing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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