Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Intermediate Dictionary
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
inscribe

in·scribe

inscribe

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn skraIb
features:
Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: inscribed, inscribes, inscribing
definition: to write by carving.
They inscribed her name on the tombstone.
derivations: inscribable (adj.), inscriber (n.)
Word History
Inscribe is from a Latin word that means "to write in." Scribble, scribe, and script have the same origins.
Word Parts
The word inscribe contains the following parts:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.