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inscribe

in·scribe

inscribe

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn skraIb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inscribed, inscribes, inscribing
definition 1: to write or impress (words or the like).
They inscribed her name on the gravestone.
definition 2: to write or impress words or the like upon.
The back of the pendant was inscribed with the words "To my love."
definition 3: to write one's name or a short comment or dedication in or on (a book, photograph, or the like given as a present).
He asked the composer to inscribe his copy of the sheet music.
similar words:
autograph
definition 4: to add (a name or names) to a formal or official list.
Each day more names were inscribed on the list of casualties.
definition 5: to construct (a polygon or angle) within a circle, or to construct (a circle) within a polygon.
She inscribed a square in a circle.
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
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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.