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.

Definitions of transcribe
  1. verb
    write out from speech, notes, etc.
    Transcribe the oral history of this tribe”
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    type of:
    get down, put down, set down, write down
    put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
  2. verb
    make a phonetic transcription of
    “The anthropologist transcribed the sentences of the native informant”
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    type of:
    rewrite
    write differently; alter the writing of
  3. verb
    rewrite in a different script
    synonyms: transliterate
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    types:
    Latinise, Latinize, Romanise, Romanize
    write in the Latin alphabet
    braille
    transcribe in braille
    type of:
    rewrite
    write differently; alter the writing of
  4. verb
    rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended
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    type of:
    accommodate, adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
  5. verb
    convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA
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    type of:
    convert
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
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