Definition of Transcribe

1. Verb. Write out from speech, notes, etc.. "Transcribe the oral history of this tribe"

Generic synonyms: Get Down, Put Down, Set Down, Write Down
Derivative terms: Transcriber, Transcription

2. Verb. Rewrite in a different script. "The Sanskrit text had to be transliterated"
Exact synonyms: Transliterate
Specialized synonyms: Latinise, Latinize, Romanise, Romanize, Braille
Generic synonyms: Rewrite
Derivative terms: Transliteration

3. Verb. Rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended. "Did he transcribe his major works over a short period of time?"
Category relationships: Euphony, Music
Generic synonyms: Accommodate, Adapt
Derivative terms: Transcriber

4. Verb. Make a phonetic transcription of. ; "The anthropologist transcribed the sentences of the native informant"
Generic synonyms: Rewrite
Derivative terms: Transcriber, Transcriber

5. Verb. Convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA.
Category relationships: Biochemistry
Generic synonyms: Convert
Derivative terms: Transcription

Definition of Transcribe

1. v. t. To write over again, or in the same words; to copy; as, to transcribe Livy or Tacitus; to transcribe a letter.

Definition of Transcribe

1. Verb. To convert a representation of language, typically speech but also sign language, etc., to another representation. The term now usually implies the conversion of speech to text by a human transcriptionist with the assistance of a computer for word processing and sometimes also for speech recognition, the process of a computer interpreting speech and converting it to text. ¹

2. Verb. (dictation) To make such a conversion from live or recorded speech to text. ¹

3. Verb. (computing) To transfer data from one recording media to another. ¹

4. Verb. (music) To adapt a composition for a voice or instrument other than the original; to notate live or recorded music. ¹

5. Verb. (biochemistry) To cause DNA to undergo transcription. ¹

6. Verb. (linguistics) To represent speech by phonetic symbols. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Transcribe

transcortical aphasia
transcortical apraxia
transcranial radiograph
transcribe (current term)
transcription factor
transcription factor ap-1
transcription factors
transcription unit

Literary usage of Transcribe

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1. The Memoirs of the Duke of Sully, Prime-minister to Henry the Great by Maximilien de B├ęthune Sully, Charlotte Lennox (1817)
"... but shall only transcribe the most important amongst them. It is remarkable, that although there are a great number of them, and almost all very long, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"(129) by the diligence, and sometimes embellished by the fancy, of succeeding writers, whose works I am not ambitious either to censure, or to transcribe. ..."

3. The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1901)
"This obliged me to return and hastily transcribe the whole despatch decorated with his new nonsense, and honour it with the cipher, without which he would ..."

4. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"We transcribe Mr. Cooke's remarks on the truffle. ' So long since as the time of Pliny and Dioscorides, the truffle seems to have been known and appreciated ..."

5. On Early English Pronunciation: With Special Reference to Shakespeare and by Alexander John Ellis, William Salesbury, Johann Andreas Schmeller, Francis James Child, Alexander Barclay, Johan Winkler (1874)
"I transcribe (ee'e'). 42. unaccented as in welfare, "equivalent to Nos. 2 and 39," that is (eo'). ..."

6. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William Buck Dana (1860)
"Her Majesty's government, which I transcribe to your lordship for your information and the consequent effects, directing you to have it published and ..."

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