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.
to issue (a loan) in the form of shares with registered stockholders.
to sell (stocks).
to buy (stocks).
- in·scrib·a·ble, adjective
- in·scrib·a·ble·ness, noun
- in·scrib·er, noun
- pre·in·scribe, verb (used with object), pre·in·scribed, pre·in·scrib·ing.
- re·in·scribe, verb (used with object), re·in·scribed, re·in·scrib·ing.
- su·per·in·scribe, verb (used with object), su·per·in·scribed, su·per·in·scrib·ing.
- un·in·scribed, adjective
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How to use inscribe in a sentence
Jennie Guilfoyle, who lives in the District, plans to bake cupcakes with “B” and “H” inscribed in icing to hand out to friends in her neighborhood.Inaugurations are highly anticipated events in D.C. Now people must watch from their couches. | Emily Davies | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
The books in the study include a set of Shaw's plays with the first volume inscribed to Hitchcock from GBS.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There could be no more fitting companion for the Acadian chicken stew entree inscribed on a blackboard in the dining room.On the Canadian Border, It's Pancakes for Every Meal | Jane & Michael Stern | July 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Barnes posted a photo inscribed “RIP Carlton” that showed her with her hands pressed together in prayer.
On the floor, the bricks are inscribed with “Merci” and “Thanks” and covered in a layer of coins.
On the camouflage fabric is a pin inscribed with two English words: “No war.”
Each of these sticks is inscribed with a certain number, corresponding with a sentence in a book of proverbs.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
At the entrance stands an obelisk fifty feet high, and on it are inscribed the names of his victims.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
On another tomb is inscribed, "Allicius, thy spirit is blessed; pray for thy parents!"Mary, Help of Christians | Various
The man who had calmly smiled in my face as he handed me back that empty envelope inscribed with the wild appeal, 'Is it you?'The Mayor's Wife | Anna Katherine Green
Our duty is inscribed upon that banner—to defend with arms the franchises of our city.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for inscribe
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 (def. 3)
- inscribable, adjective
- inscribableness, noun
- inscriber, noun
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