inscribe

To inscribe means to write something in a permanent or formal way. When you have a jeweler inscribe your initials inside your new ring, she uses a machine to carve them into the metal.

A stone carver might inscribe your grandfather's name on a memorial stone, and your best friend might inscribe his name and a favorite quote in the back of your yearbook. In geometry, to inscribe is to fit one shape inside another, like when a triangle fits neatly inside a circle with its points just touching the perimeter. The Latin root of inscribe is inscribere, "to write in or on."

Primary Meanings of inscribe

1.
v
carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
2.
v
register formally as a participant or member
3.
v
mark with one's signature
4.
v
draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
5.
v
convert ordinary language into code
Full Definitions of inscribe
1

v carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

Synonyms:
engrave, grave, scratch
engrave, etch
carve or cut a design or letters into
Types:
character
engrave or inscribe characters on
Type of:
carve, chip at
engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

v write, engrave, or print as a lasting record

Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form
2

v register formally as a participant or member

Synonyms:
enrol, enroll, enter, recruit
Types:
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draft, enlist, muster in
engage somebody to enter the army
unionise, unionize
recruit for a union or organize into a union
register
enroll to vote
matriculate
enroll as a student
levy, raise, recruit
cause to assemble or enlist in the military
Type of:
register
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
3

v mark with one's signature

Synonyms:
autograph
Type of:
sign
be engaged by a written agreement

v address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication

Type of:
dedicate
inscribe or address by way of compliment
4

v draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible

Type of:
delineate, describe, draw, line, trace
make a mark or lines on a surface
5

v convert ordinary language into code

Synonyms:
cipher, code, cypher, encipher, encrypt, write in code
Type of:
encode
convert information into code

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