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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.
Origin of engrave
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 engrave
Historical Examples
  • In some faces time seems to engrave lines delicately, once for all, and then lay by.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Find soft wood or stone and see if you can engrave some animal on it.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • He proposed that Blake should engrave his design, and he would push it.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • I had them to repair, polish and engrave, and now they are gone from my boat.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • “Persistence, persistence, and persistence” is the motto which the student must engrave on his heart.

  • Schonberg, Mr. his attempts to engrave in metallic relief, 634.

  • This reads like Blake's struggles when he had not money enough to procure copper-plates on which to engrave his wonderful visions.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • Perhaps some day I may be able to engrave it of the full size.

  • For a long time after Gillray became known as a caricaturist he continued to engrave the designs of other artists.

  • Listen to me attentively, and engrave my words on your mind.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for engrave


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for engrave

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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