- An example of transcribe is to rewrite written notes into a summary of a meeting.
- An example of transcribe is to arrange a piece of violin music for use by a flute.
transitive verb-·scribed′, -·scrib′ing
- to write out or type out in full (shorthand notes, a speech, etc.)
- to represent (speech sounds) in phonetic or phonemic symbols
- to translate or transliterate
- to arrange or adapt (a piece of music) for an instrument, voice, or ensemble other than that for which it was originally written
- to make a recording of (a radio or TV program, commercial, etc.) for broadcast at a later time
- Cytology to convert (DNA, genes, etc.) into RNA, esp. messenger RNA
Origin of transcribeClassical Latin transcribere: see trans- and scribe
transitive verbtran·scribed, tran·scrib·ing, tran·scribes
- To make a full written or typewritten copy of (dictated material, for example).
- Computers To transfer (information) from one recording and storing system to another.
- Music a. To adapt or arrange (a composition) for a voice or instrument other than the original.b. To translate (a composition) from one notational system to another.c. To reduce (live or recorded music) to notation.
- To record, usually on tape, for broadcast at a later date.
- Linguistics To represent (speech sounds) by phonetic symbols.
- To translate or transliterate.
- Biology To cause (DNA) to undergo transcription.
Origin of transcribeLatin trānscrībere trāns- trans- scrībere to write ; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present transcribes, present participle transcribing, simple past and past participle transcribed)
- To convert a representation of language, typically speech but also sign language, etc., to another representation. The term now usually implies the conversion of speech to text by a human transcriptionist with the assistance of a computer for word processing and sometimes also for speech recognition, the process of a computer interpreting speech and converting it to text.
- (dictation) To make such a conversion from live or recorded speech to text.
- The doctor made several recordings today which she will transcribe into medical reports tomorrow.
- (computing) To transfer data from one recording media to another.
- (music) To adapt a composition for a voice or instrument other than the original; to notate live or recorded music.
- (biochemistry) To cause DNA to undergo transcription.
- (linguistics) To represent speech by phonetic symbols.
transcribe - Computer Definition
To copy data from one medium to another; for example, from one source document to another, or from a source document to the computer. It often implies a change of format or codes.