Definition of engrave in English:


Syllabification: en·grave
Pronunciation: /enˈgrāv


[with object] (usually be engraved)
  • 1Cut or carve (a text or design) on the surface of a hard object: my name was engraved on the ring
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    • Then I began to study the emblem; an amazingly intricate design was delicately engraved on its surface.
    • The first character of the signature is badly engraved and hesitantly formed.
    • Waiting for Sean in the clubhouse was a beautiful five wood golf club with a hickory shaft with his name engraved on its smooth surface.
    carve, inscribe, cut (in), incise, chisel, chase, score, notch, etch, imprint, impress
  • 1.1Cut or carve a text or design on (such an object).
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    • On each table was an engraved lead crystal glass.
    • Our glass was engraved and painted.
    • Beginning in the sixteenth century, the Venetians engraved some of their glasses using a tool with a diamond tip.
  • 1.2Cut (a design) as lines on a metal plate for printing.
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    • The bank engraves banknote images into metal plates by hand and uses special inks and watermarks to prevent forgery.
    • In order to move beyond shoemaker Lane's effort and produce globes his neighbors would be proud to own, Wilson had to learn to engrave his maps on copper plates.
    • He designed and engraved the plates for the first paper money in Massachusetts and established the first mill for rolling copper sheets.
  • 1.3 (be engraved on or in) Be permanently fixed in (one’s memory or mind): the image would be forever engraved in his memory
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    • But there is one picture from last week that will forever be engraved on the American memory.
    • What she said though would be engraved in my mind forever.
    • Everything I had experienced, everything I had learned that eventful summer would forever be engraved in my mind.
    fix, set, imprint, stamp, brand, impress, embed, etch


be engraved in stone

see stone.



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  • He illustrated many of its books himself and also employed engravers.
  • He was a prolific copper engraver and etching artist of maps and town views.
  • The range of his work is astonishingly broad: he was also an engraver, sculptor, photographer and interior designer.


late 15th century (formerly also as ingrave): from en-1, in-2 'in, on' + grave3, influenced by obsolete French engraver.

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