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verb (used with object),en·graved, en·grav·ing.
  1. 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.

  2. to print from such a surface.

  1. to mark or ornament with incised letters, designs, etc.: He engraved the ring in a floral pattern.

  2. to impress deeply; infix: That image is engraved on my mind.

Origin of engrave

1500–10; <Middle French engraver;see en-1, grave3

Other words from engrave

  • en·grav·a·ble, adjective
  • en·grav·er, noun
  • re·en·grave, verb (used with object), re·en·graved, re·en·grav·ing.
  • su·per·en·grave, verb (used with object), su·per·en·graved, su·per·en·grav·ing.
  • un·der·en·grav·er, noun
  • un·en·graved, adjective
  • well-en·graved, adjective

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How to use engrave in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for engrave


/ (ɪnˈɡreɪv) /

  1. to inscribe (a design, writing, etc) onto (a block, plate, or other surface used for printing) by carving, etching with acid, or other process

  2. to print (designs or characters) from a printing plate so made

  1. to fix deeply or permanently in the mind

Origin of engrave

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

Derived forms of engrave

  • engraver, noun

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