- 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
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Examples from the Web for engraven
Sarah was married to the very silversmith who had engraven our names on the thimble!Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
It is the name I think of you by, the name that is engraven on my heart!Nell, of Shorne Mills
This is so engraven on our nature that it may be regarded as an appetite.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
On this ring, inside the circlet, were engraven my name and rank!The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
On his tomb was engraven an inscription, conceived in a similar spirit.Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)
John Henry Newman
- 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
C16: from en- 1 + grave ³, on the model of French engraver
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Word Origin and History for engraven
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