Definition of transcribe in English:

transcribe

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Pronunciation: /tranˈskrʌɪb
 
, trɑːn-/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Put (thoughts, speech, or data) into written or printed form: each interview was taped and transcribed
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    • When the sun was three-fourths of the way down, I began to write, scribbling furiously to finish transcribing my thoughts before the light was lost altogether and we met as a group.
    • Her speeches were never transcribed - at least during her stay abroad - and were never distributed adequately to the public.
    • All interviews were then transcribed verbatim (with the exception of minor phrases such as ‘uh-huh’).
  • 1.1Transliterate (foreign characters) or write or type out (shorthand, notes, or other abbreviated forms) into ordinary characters or full sentences: the court was adjourned so that they could transcribe their notes
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    • Finally one day Jeanne got tired of trying to transcribe my notes that were scribbled on numerous bits of paper in longhand.
    • In the seminary classroom I taught relative clauses by transcribing examples of Kiswahili sentences on the blackboard with their English equivalents.
    • Should I, perhaps, apply more editorial distance when transcribing my notes to your page?
    Synonyms
    write out, copy out, write/copy in full, put in writing, set down, take down, type out, print out, put on paper, commit to paper, reproducetransliterate, interpret, translate, render, convert, write up, rewrite; Law engross
  • 2Arrange (a piece of music) for a different instrument, voice, or group of these: his largest early work was transcribed for organ
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    • In those early years he would frequently transcribe orchestral music for the organ.
    • They also transcribed music for the instrument from many sources, most notably the harpsichord, violin and piano.
    • Liszt developed a physical virtuosity for the instrument and transcribed for it, sacrificing musical subtlety to an astonishing mechanical technique.
  • 3 Biochemistry Synthesize (RNA) using a template of existing DNA (or vice versa), so that the genetic information is copied: polymerases transcribe it into a long RNA molecule
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    • The ligated mRNA is reverse transcribed using a general or gene-specific primer.
    • However, additional studies are needed to determine if Twin is actually transcribed by polymerase III.
    • Thus, the Y-linked copy of the S. latifolia spermidine synthase gene is actively transcribed.

Derivatives

transcriber

noun
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  • Perhaps we need to be reminded of one crucial part of our job that of transcriber, of recorder, as the keeper of the story.
  • It is divided among a selection of transcribers.
  • For his part, he says he cannot reveal the size of the underlying archive the transcribers had access to because it would endanger their safety.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'make a copy in writing'): from Latin transcribere, from trans- 'across' + scribere 'write'.

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