- 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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- 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
Word Origin for engrave
C16: from en- 1 + grave ³, on the model of French engraver
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