V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to write out a copy of something; 2. to translate something; 3. to phonetically write down the sounds in speech; 4. to fully write out the text or words from notes, shorthand, a speech, or something previously recorded
Synonyms: copy, translate, record, render
Tips: Transcribe comes from the Latin word transcribere, "to copy." When you transcribe something, whether a written text or a recorded speech, you copy the exact words into writing. A transcript is a written record of something spoken or broadcast.
As an executive assistant, part of my job is to transcribe all of my boss' meetings. (record)
I hired a professional linguist to transcribe my short stories into French. (translate, copy)
Many students bring a voice recorder to class and later transcribe the professor's lectures for further study. (copy, record)
I ordered a transcript of the radio broadcast so I could read it and get a better understanding of what was discussed. (copy, translation, written record) noun
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