en·grave / enˈgrāv/ • v. [tr.] (usu. be engraved) cut or carve (a text or design) on the surface of a hard object: my name was engraved on the ring. ∎ cut or carve a text or design on (such an object). ∎ cut (a design) as lines on a metal plate for printing. ∎ (be engraved on or in) be permanently fixed in (one's memory or mind): the image would be forever engraved in his memory.DERIVATIVES: en·grav·er n.