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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 inscribe
  • The raised surfaces of the stuck coin inscribe an exact reproduction of the coin, but in intaglio instead of relief.
  • Most military histories hyphenate years of conflict and inscribe them on a tombstone formed by parentheses.
  • Visitors are invited to inscribe additional names to a work in progress that is also on display.
  • In fact, the moving hand has already begun to inscribe some fairly lurid writing on the walls.
  • The box depicts both sides of the completed puzzle and has a space to inscribe a personalized message for gift recipients.
  • My father did inscribe a postcard with a picture of a mosaic to me, but he actually brought it back with him.
  • inscribe engineers have experimented with programs that vary the space between letters.
  • It establishes penalties for failure to inscribe a symbol on a patient's wristband.
  • One method is to inscribe the collector's initials and other required information within the trigger guard of the firearm.
  • inscribe two perpendicular centering lines across the length and width of the handle end inside the eye.
British Dictionary definitions for inscribe


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
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Word Origin and History for inscribe

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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