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."

Definitions of inscribe
  1. verb
    carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    synonyms: engrave, grave, scratch
    engrave, etch
    carve or cut a design or letters into
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    engrave or inscribe characters on
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    carve, chip at
    engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
  2. verb
    write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  3. verb
    register formally as a participant or member
    synonyms: enrol, enroll, enter, recruit
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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
    enroll to vote
    enroll as a student
    levy, raise, recruit
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
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    record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions
  4. verb
    mark with one's signature
    synonyms: autograph
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    be engaged by a written agreement
  5. verb
    address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
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    inscribe or address by way of compliment
  6. verb
    draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
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    delineate, describe, draw, line, trace
    make a mark or lines on a surface
  7. verb
    convert ordinary language into code
    synonyms: cipher, code, cypher, encipher, encrypt, write in code
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    convert information into code
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