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[en-greyv] /ɛnˈgreɪv/
verb (used with object), engraved, engraving.
to chase (letters, designs, etc.) on a hard surface, as of metal, stone, or the end grain of wood:
She had the jeweler engrave her name on the back of the watch.
to print from such a surface.
to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.:
He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.
to impress deeply; infix:
That image is engraved on my mind.
Origin of engrave
1500-10; < Middle French engraver; see en-1, grave3
Related forms
engravable, adjective
engraver, noun
reengrave, verb (used with object), reengraved, reengraving.
superengrave, verb (used with object), superengraved, superengraving.
underengraver, noun
unengraved, adjective
well-engraved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for engrave
Historical Examples
  • To engrave is, in final strictness, "to decorate a surface with furrows."

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • See if you can engrave or carve an ornament on some weapon you have made.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • Find soft wood or stone and see if you can engrave some animal on it.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • I had them to repair, polish and engrave, and now they are gone from my boat.

    The Eight-Oared Victors

    Lester Chadwick
  • Bartsch, Adam, of opinion that Albert Durer did not engrave on wood, 237.

  • Schonberg, Mr. his attempts to engrave in metallic relief, 634.

  • Perhaps some day I may be able to engrave it of the full size.

  • I gaze upon you to engrave on my memory your adorable features.

    The Daughter of Heaven Judith Gautier
  • Listen to me attentively, and engrave my words on your mind.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • “Persistence, persistence, and persistence” is the motto which the student must engrave on his heart.

British Dictionary definitions for engrave


verb (transitive)
to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process
to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made
to fix deeply or permanently in the mind
Derived Forms
engraver, noun
Word Origin
C16: from en-1 + grave³, on the model of French engraver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for engrave

late 15c. (implied in ingraved), from en- (1) + obsolete verb grave "carve" (see grave (v.)). Related: Engraved; engraving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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