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conscribe Line breaks: con|scribe
Pronunciation: /kənˈskrʌɪb/

Definition of conscribe in English:


[with object] archaic
Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services; conscript.
Example sentences
  • My plan is to conscribe them and force them into the army, upon the condition, if necessary, of freedom after the war.
  • The only way of immediately improving the coal situation is for young miners to be conscribed, and made to work the full number of shifts.
  • If Congress has the constitutional power to conscribe the officers of the States, it would also have the power to exempt such as it might think proper.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'write, compose'): from Latin conscribere (see conscript).

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