- When your name is carved into a shiny new trophy that you receive for being the MVP, this is an example of when they inscribe your name on the trophy.
- When you write a message to someone in a book before you give him the book, this is an example of when you inscribe the book.
The definition of inscribe is to write or carve words into something, or to write a message in a book.
transitive verb-·scribed′, -·scrib′ing
- to write, mark, or engrave (words, symbols, etc.) on some surface
- to write on, mark, or engrave (a surface)
- to add the name of (someone) to a list; enroll
- to dedicate (a book, song, etc.) briefly and informally
- to write a short, signed message in (a book, etc. one is presenting as a gift)
- to fix or impress deeply or lastingly in the mind, memory, etc.
- Geom. to draw (a figure) inside another figure so that their boundaries touch at as many points as possible
Origin of inscribeClassical Latin inscribere: see in- and scribe
transitive verbin·scribed, in·scrib·ing, in·scribes
- a. To write, print, carve, or engrave (words or letters) on or in a surface.b. To mark or engrave (a surface) with words or letters.
- To enter (a name) on a list or in a register.
- a. To sign one's name or write a brief message in or on (a gift book or photograph, for example).b. To dedicate to someone.
- Mathematics To draw (one figure) within another figure so that every vertex of the enclosed figure touches the outer figure.
Origin of inscribeLatin īnscrībere in- in, on ; see in- 2. scrībere to write ; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present inscribes, present participle inscribing, simple past and past participle inscribed)