Definition of engrave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

engrave

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪv//
 
[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engrave
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪv//
 
he / she / it engraves
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪvz//
 
past simple engraved
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪvd//
 
past participle engraved
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪvd//
 
-ing form engraving
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡreɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡreɪvɪŋ//
 
 
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  • to cut words or designs on wood, stone, metal, etc. engrave A (with B) The silver cup was engraved with his name. engrave B on A His name was engraved on the silver cup.
  • Word Origin late 15th cent. (formerly also as ingrave): from en-, in- ‘in, on’ + grave, ‘engrave an inscription on a surface’ influenced by obsolete French engraver.Idioms
    be engraved on/in your heart, memory, mind, etc.
     
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    to be something that you will never forget because it affected you so strongly The date of the accident remains engraved on my mind.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: engrave