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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 engraven
Historical Examples
  • 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

    Charles Garvice
  • 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.

  • And this grant he sent to the consuls to Rome, to be engraven in the capitol.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • Their names were engraven in precious stones in the beautiful breastplate.

  • She held in her hand a medal, on which was engraven her image and the inscription: 'O Mary!

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • It is engraven with the sign of the sun, and it came therefore from Persia.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • This has been engraven in wood, in chiaro oscuro, by an unknown artist.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
British Dictionary definitions for engraven


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
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Word Origin and History for engraven



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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