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Definition of the verb inscribe

What does inscribe mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: inscribed | inscribing | inscribes

  1. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribbling
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination]Smith was inscribing the rings
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Smith inscribed the ring with his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Smith inscribed his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Smith inscribed his name on the ring

      Image Creation Verbs (with the same syntax): annotate, applique, emboss, embroider, engrave, etch, imprint, incise, mark, paint, scar, set, sign, stamp, tattoo.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of inscribe: engrave / grave / scratch
    • more generic terms: carve / chip at = engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
    • more specific word: character = engrave or inscribe characters on
  2. register formally as a participant or member
  3. draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
  4. write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
  5. mark with one's signature
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of inscribe: autograph
    • more generic word: sign = be engaged by a written agreement
  6. convert ordinary language into code
  7. address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: dedicate = inscribe or address by way of compliment

Alternative definition of the verb inscribe


  1. [transitive] To write or cut words onto something, especially a hard surface; to engrave.
  2. [geometry] To draw a circle, sphere, etc. inside a polygon, polyhedron, etc. and tangent to all its sides.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Inscribe

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Google previewA Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect: Explanatory, Derivative, and Critical (1868)

by John Christopher Atkinson

To inscribe also means not only to write on, but to grave or scratch on, as in ' inscriptions ' on stone, metal, &c. Comp. Gael, sgriob, to scrape, to draw strokes or lines on a surface, sgriobb, to write ; Bret, skriva, to write, skraba, to scratch ; Welsh ...

Google previewAbandoned to Ourselves (2013)

by Peter Alexander Meyers

To inscribe is an action; whatever relationships are initiated and sustained by the act are its effects, the inscription.81 This verbal use of the word is similar to the sense of “order” as a command. It is a very old way of using the word and remains ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Architecture (1876)

Historical, Theoretical & Practical by Joseph Gwilt

To inscribe an equilateral triangle in agicen circle. // Through the centre C draw any diameter AB 1 0/ (fig. 878.); ...

Google previewThe Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers (1997)

by David Wells

They were all known to the Greeks, Theaetetus, a pupil of Plato, showed how to inscribe the last 2 in a sphere. Euclid showed, by considering the possible arrangements of regular polygons around a point, that there are no more than 5. Kepler ...

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Usage statistics about inscribe

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb inscribe:


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Old english, Lettering, Custom

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Quotes about Inscribe

In many of the things that people do, they themselves are the centre of attention, but they inscribe some other name on their banner. (Abdolkarim Soroush)
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Scrabble value of I1N1S1C3R1I1B3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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