from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To carve, cut, or etch into a material: engraved the champion's name on the trophy.
  • transitive v. To carve, cut, or etch a design or letters into: engraved the silver watch with my monogram.
  • transitive v. To carve, cut, or etch into a block or surface used for printing.
  • transitive v. To print from a block or plate made by such a process.
  • transitive v. To impress deeply as if by carving or etching: The experience was engraved into his memory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To carve text or symbols into (something), usually for the purposes of identification or art.
  • v. To carve (something) into a material.
  • v. To put in a grave, to bury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deposit in the grave; to bury.
  • transitive v. To cut in; to make by incision.
  • transitive v. To cut with a graving instrument in order to form an inscription or pictorial representation; to carve figures; to mark with incisions.
  • transitive v. To form or represent by means of incisions upon wood, stone, metal, or the like.
  • transitive v. To impress deeply; to infix, as if with a graver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut in; make by incision; produce or form by incision on a hard surface.
  • To imprint; impress deeply; infix.
  • To cut or carve in sunken patterns; incise with letters or figures, or with the lines representing any object: applied especially to work on metal, but also to work on stone and other hard materials.
  • To deposit in a grave; bury; inter; inhume.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
  • v. carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block
  • v. impress or affect deeply
  • v. carve or cut a design or letters into


From earlier ingrave, equivalent to en- +‎ grave (“to carve, engrave”). More at grave. (Wiktionary)
From en- +‎ grave. (Wiktionary)


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