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English verb: inscribe

1. inscribe (contact) carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

SamplesEngrave a pen.
Engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's.
The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree.

Synonymsengrave, grave, scratch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carve, chip at

Narrower (hyponym)character

Verb groupengrave, etch

2. inscribe (social) register formally as a participant or member

SamplesThe party recruited many new members.

Synonymsenrol, enroll, enter, recruit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)register

Narrower (hyponym)draft, enlist, matriculate, muster in, register, unionise, unionize

3. inscribe (contact) draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)delineate, describe, draw, line, trace

Domain categorygeometry

4. inscribe (communication) write, engrave, or print as a lasting record

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enter, put down, record

5. inscribe (communication) mark with one's signature

SamplesThe author autographed his book.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sign

6. inscribe (communication) convert ordinary language into code

SamplesWe should encode the message for security reasons.

Synonymscipher, code, cypher, encipher, encrypt, write in code

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)encode

7. inscribe (communication) address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)dedicate

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