transcribe

If someone asks you to transcribe something, they want you to listen to it and write down what was said, word for word. Speeches, interviews, and trials are often transcribed for records.

From the Latin transcribere, which means “to copy, write over, or transfer,” the verb transcribe means just that: to write out a copy. You might want to transcribe a recording of an interview onto paper, or maybe you need to transcribe all the notes you collected from an important meeting. If you can remember that trans means “over” and that a scribe is a writer, you shouldn’t forget this word. Fun fact: to transcribe poorly is to transcribble.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: transcribe

1
v
write out from speech, notes, etc.
2
v
make a phonetic transcription of
3
v
rewrite in a different script
4
v
convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: transcribe
1

v write out from speech, notes, etc.

Transcribe the oral history of this tribe”
Type of:
get down, put down, set down, write down
put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
2

v make a phonetic transcription of

“The anthropologist transcribed the sentences of the native informant”
Type of:
rewrite
write differently; alter the writing of
3

v rewrite in a different script

Synonyms:
transliterate
Types:
Latinise, Latinize, Romanise, Romanize
write in the Latin alphabet
braille
transcribe in braille
Type of:
rewrite
write differently; alter the writing of

v rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended

Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
4

v convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA

Type of:
convert
change the nature, purpose, or function of something
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