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[tran-skrahyb] /trænˈskraɪb/
verb (used with object), transcribed, transcribing.
to make a written copy, especially a typewritten copy, of (dictated material, notes taken during a lecture, or other spoken material).
to make an exact copy of (a document, text, etc.).
to write out in another language or alphabet; translate or transliterate:
to transcribe Chinese into English characters.
Phonetics. to represent (speech sounds) in written phonetic or phonemic symbols.
Radio. to make a recording of (a program, announcement, etc.) for broadcasting.
Music. to arrange (a composition) for a medium other than that for which it was originally written.
Genetics. to effect genetic transcription of (a DNA molecule template).
1545-55; < Latin trānscrībere to copy off, equivalent to trāns- trans- + scrībere to write. See scribe
Related forms
transcriber, noun
mistranscribe, verb (used with object), mistranscribed, mistranscribing.
nontranscribing, adjective
pretranscribe, verb (used with object), pretranscribed, pretranscribing.
retranscribe, verb (used with object), retranscribed, retranscribing.
untranscribed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transcribed
  • The counseling sessions were recorded and the audio files have been transcribed.
  • Department secretaries transcribed them while he pored over chemical journals and planned his next article.
  • His fiction is lumpy, as it were, with transcribed journal entries where an airier penman would have been making things up.
  • The quotes from it, though accurately transcribed, are made to function as lies by being placed in an utterly mendacious context.
  • What is read twice is commonly better remembered than what is transcribed.
  • What is twice read is commonly better remembered than what is transcribed.
  • They signal to him an answer which cannot be transcribed.
  • If it can be transcribed into our genetic pattern, then it becomes self-fulfilling.
  • Review all the transcribed interviews one more time from beginning to end.
  • Later he transcribed the pattern beat by beat into his overture.
British Dictionary definitions for transcribed


verb (transitive)
to write, type, or print out fully from speech, notes, etc
to make a phonetic transcription of
to transliterate or translate
to make an electrical recording of (a programme or speech) for a later broadcast
(music) to rewrite (a piece of music) for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended; arrange
  1. to transfer (information) from one storage device, such as punched cards, to another, such as magnetic tape
  2. to transfer (information) from a computer to an external storage device
(usually passive) (biochem) to convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, esp messenger RNA See also genetic code, translate (sense 6)
Derived Forms
transcribable, adjective
transcriber, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin transcrībere, from trans- + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for transcribed



1550s, from Latin transcribere "to copy, write again in another place, write over, transfer," from trans- "over" (see trans-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)). To do it poorly is to transcribble (1746). Related: Transcribed; transcribing.

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