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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 engraven
Historical Examples
  • It was not their life history that had been engraven on their faces; but it might be gathered from their attitude and bearing.

    The Country Doctor Honore de Balzac
  • It is the name I think of you by, the name that is engraven on my heart!

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • Prince Conrad heard him, and he it was who had them engraven on her tomb.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • This is so engraven on our nature that it may be regarded as an appetite.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • Another print of it, of the same size, has been engraven from the drawing by Conte de Caylus.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
  • On this ring, inside the circlet, were engraven my name and rank!

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Dear Mr. Playfair's words are engraven on my memory, and his very last letter repeats them.

    Tales of My Time, Vol. 1 (of 3) William Pitt Scargill
  • On his tomb was engraven an inscription, conceived in a similar spirit.

  • With what attention should we have received your last instructions, and engraven them on our hearts!

  • And this grant he sent to the consuls to Rome, to be engraven in the capitol.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
British Dictionary definitions for engraven


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 engraven



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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