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engrave

[en-greyv] /ɛnˈgreɪv/
verb (used with object), engraved, engraving.
1.
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.
2.
to print from such a surface.
3.
to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.:
He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
4.
to impress deeply; infix:
That image is engraved on my mind.
Origin
1500-1510
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
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Examples from the web for engrave
  • Also engrave your driver's license number on this equipment.
  • engrave your possessions with your driver's license number and make a written inventory.
  • As you mark your items, always engrave the number on an area that cannot be easily dismantled, and which is not easily seen.
  • engrave electronics and tools with your driver license number.
  • Use an electric engraving pencil to engrave an identification number on your possessions.
  • engrave your driver's license number and two-letter state abbreviation on all your valuables.
  • Taking photographs of items you cannot engrave also is an effective method of identification.
  • engrave or mark larger possessions, such as electronic equipment or tools to show ownership.
  • engrave markings on your computer for easy identification if stolen.
  • engrave your driver's license number on accessories that would not remain with the vehicle when sold.
British Dictionary definitions for engrave

engrave

/ɪnˈɡreɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
2.
to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
3.
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 engrave
v.

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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