engrave

To engrave is to carve into something, especially stone. Sometimes people have messages engraved inside their wedding rings, their iPods, or any other rock-hard surface that can handle it.

Words are engraved on tombstones to honor the people who died. Grave used to mean “to dig or carve” but no one uses it that way anymore because they would say engrave instead. Anytime a hard surface has a message or picture cut into, it was engraved. Sometimes engraving isn’t physical. A super fun birthday when your long lost grandmother rode in on a stallion could be engraved in your mind forever. Both kinds of engraving leave an impression.

Definitions of engrave
  1. verb
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    engrave a pen”
    engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name”
    synonyms: grave, inscribe, scratch
    etch
    carve or cut a design or letters into
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    types:
    character
    engrave or inscribe characters on
    type of:
    carve, chip at
    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
  2. verb
    carve or cut a design or letters into
    engrave the pen with the owner's name”
    synonyms: etch
    grave, inscribe, scratch
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
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    type of:
    carve, chip at
    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
  3. verb
    carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
    engrave a letter”
    synonyms: etch
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    types:
    benday
    reproduce by the Benday process
    stipple
    engrave by means of dots and flicks
    type of:
    print
    make into a print
  4. verb
    impress or affect deeply
    “The event engraved itself into her memory”
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    type of:
    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
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