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Topic: LINGUISTICS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: transcribere, from scribere 'to write'

transcribe

verb
     
tran‧scribe [transitive]
1 to write down something exactly as it was said:
A secretary transcribed the witnesses' statements.
2 to write an exact copy of something:
He had been asked to transcribe an ancient manuscript.
3 technicalSL to represent speech sounds with phonetic symbols
4 formalSL to change a piece of writing into the alphabet of another language
transcribe something into something
The book has been transcribed into braille.
5APM to arrange a piece of music for a different instrument or voice
transcribe something for something
a piece transcribed for piano
6TCR technical to copy recorded music, speech etc from one system to another, for example from tape to CD
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