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[in-skrahyb] /ɪnˈskraɪb/
verb (used with object), inscribed, inscribing.
to address or dedicate (a book, photograph, etc.) informally to a person, especially by writing a brief personal note in or on it.
to mark (a surface) with words, characters, etc., especially in a durable or conspicuous way.
to write, print, mark, or engrave (words, characters, etc.).
to enroll, as on an official list.
Geometry. to draw or delineate (one figure) within another figure so that the inner lies entirely within the boundary of the outer, touching it at as many points as possible:
to inscribe a circle in a square.
  1. to issue (a loan) in the form of shares with registered stockholders.
  2. to sell (stocks).
  3. to buy (stocks).
Origin of inscribe
1545-55; < Latin inscrībere, equivalent to in- in-2 + scrībere to write; see scribe1
Related forms
inscribable, adjective
inscribableness, noun
inscriber, noun
preinscribe, verb (used with object), preinscribed, preinscribing.
reinscribe, verb (used with object), reinscribed, reinscribing.
superinscribe, verb (used with object), superinscribed, superinscribing.
uninscribed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Even though we have inscribed the whole pantheon with His name, the other gods have been in it.

  • According to Rogers, who claims to have suggested the poem, it was to have been inscribed to him.

  • On the banners of the church is inscribed, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

  • On the head of the cross are inscribed the words, “Caedmon made me.”

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • My last minute was not inscribed, though, for that day in the book of destiny.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for inscribed


verb (transitive)
to make, carve, or engrave (writing, letters, a design, etc) on (a surface such as wood, stone, or paper)
to enter (a name) on a list or in a register
to sign one's name on (a book, photograph, etc) before presentation to another person
to draw (a geometric construction such as a circle, polygon, etc) inside another construction so that the two are in contact but do not intersect Compare circumscribe (sense 3)
Derived Forms
inscribable, adjective
inscribableness, noun
inscriber, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inscrībere; see inscription
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Word Origin and History for inscribed



1550s (form inscriven is from late 14c.), from Latin inscribere "to write in or on," (see inscription). Meaning "to dedicate (by means of an inscription)" is from 1640s. Related: Inscribed; inscribing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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