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Definition of inlay verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

inlay

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈɪnleɪ//
 
, NAmE//ˌɪnˈleɪ//
 
[often passive] inlay A (with B) inlay B (in/into A)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inlay
 
he / she / it inlays
 
past simple inlaid
 
-ing form inlaying
 
 
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to decorate the surface of something by putting pieces of wood or metal into it in such a way that the surface remains smooth The lid of the box had been inlaid with silver. Gold and silver had been inlaid into the lid of the box.
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