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INSCRIBE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does inscribe mean? 

INSCRIBE (verb)
  The verb INSCRIBE has 7 senses:

1. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
2. register formally as a participant or member
3. draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
4. write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
5. mark with one's signature
6. convert ordinary language into code
7. address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication

  Familiarity information: INSCRIBE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSCRIBE (verb)


Sense 1inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

engrave; inscribe; grave; scratch

Context examples:

engrave a pen / engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup / the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

carve; chip at (engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inscribe"):

character (engrave or inscribe characters on)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Register formally as a participant or member

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

enroll; enrol; recruit; inscribe; enter

Context example:

The party recruited many new members

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

register (record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inscribe"):

draft; enlist; muster in (engage somebody to enter the army)

unionise; unionize (recruit for a union or organize into a union)

register (enroll to vote)

matriculate (enroll as a student)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

delineate; describe; draw; line; trace (make a mark or lines on a surface)

Domain category:

geometry (the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 4inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Write, engrave, or print as a lasting record

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

enter; put down; record (make a record of; set down in permanent form)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mark with one's signature

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

autograph; inscribe

Context example:

The author autographed his book

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

sign (be engaged by a written agreement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Convert ordinary language into code

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

write in code; encrypt; encode; encipher; cypher; cipher; code; inscribe

Context example:

We should encode the message for security reasons

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

write (communicate or express by writing)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7inscribe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "inscribe" is one way to...):

dedicate (inscribe or address by way of compliment)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something to somebody


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