- To write is defined as to form letters, words or symbols on a surface such as paper or to create something that can be read.
- An example of write is to form the letters A, B and C with a crayon on a piece of paper.
- An example of write is to create a novel.
write definition by Webster's New World
- to form or inscribe (words, letters, symbols, etc.) on a surface, as by cutting, carving, embossing, or, esp., marking with a pen or pencil
- to form the words, letters, or symbols of with pencil, chalk, typewriter, etc.; put down in a form to be read: to write a paragraph, a formula, etc.
- to form or inscribe (words) in cursive style
- to spell (a name, word, etc.): words written alike are often pronounced differently
- to know (a specific alphabet, language, etc.) well enough to communicate in writing
- to be the author or composer of (literary or musical material)
- to draw up or compose in legal form
- to fill in (a check, money order, etc.) with necessary writing
- to cover with writing: to write three pages
- to communicate in writing: he wrote that he would be late
- to communicate with in writing; write a letter or note to: write her before you go
- to entitle or designate in writing: he writes himself “Judge”
- to underwrite
- to leave marks, signs, or evidence of; show clearly: greed was written on his face
- Comput. to record (information) in a computer's memory or on a tape, etc. for use by a computer: to write a file to a disk
Origin: Middle English writen ; from Old English writan, to scratch, engrave, write, akin to German reissen, to tear ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wer-, to tear off, scratch from source Classical Greek rhinē, a rasp
- to form or inscribe words, letters, symbols, etc. on a surface, esp. by making marks with a pen or pencil
- to form words in cursive style
- to write books or other literary matter; be an author or writer
- to write a letter or letters
- to be employed at written work, as a clerk, copyist, etc.
- to produce writing of a specified kind: to write legibly, a pen that writes scratchily
write definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb wrote wrote , writ·ten also writ , writ·ing, writes verb, transitive
- a. To form (letters, words, or symbols) on a surface such as paper with an instrument such as a pen.b. To spell: How do you write your name?
- To form (letters or words) in cursive style.
- To compose and set down, especially in literary or musical form: write a poem; write a prelude.
- To draw up in legal form; draft: write a will.
- To fill in or cover with writing: write a check; wrote five pages in an hour.
- To express in writing; set down: write one's thoughts.
- To communicate by correspondence: wrote that she was planning to visit.
- To underwrite, as an insurance policy.
- To indicate; mark: “Utter dejection was written on every face” (Winston S. Churchill).
- To ordain or prophesy: It was written that the empire would fall.
- Computer Science To transfer or copy (information) from memory to a storage device or output device.
- To trace or form letters, words, or symbols on paper or another surface.
- To produce written material, such as articles or books.
- To compose a letter; communicate by mail.
Origin: Middle English writen, from Old English wrītan.Word History: Every western Indo-European language except English derives its verb for “to write” from Latin scrībere: écrire in French, escribir in Spanish, scrivere in Italian, scribaim in Old Irish, ysgrifennu in Welsh, skriva in Breton, skrifa in Old Norse, skrive in Danish and Norwegian, skriva in Swedish, schreiben in German, schrijven in Dutch. The Old English verb “to write” is wrītan, from a Germanic root *writ- that derives from an Indo-European root *wreid- meaning “to cut, scratch, tear, sketch an outline.” German still retains this meaning in its cognate verb reissen, “to tear.” Only Old English employed wrītan to refer to writing, that is, scratching on parchment with a pen. English shows a similar contrariness in its verb read, being almost the only western European language not to derive its verb for that concept from Latin legere.
write - Computer Definition
To store data in memory or onto a storage medium, such as disk and tape. Every write operation in the computer implies a read operation from some other place. For example, to write a file to a disk requires reading it from somewhere else. Write is analogous to record on an audio recorder or videotape recorder. See read.
write - Phrases/Idioms
- to put into written form; write a record of
- to disparage or depreciate in writing
- to write in a pointedly simple style, as for readers considered to be less cultivated than the writer
- to reduce the book value of (an asset)
- to cancel or remove from accounts (bad debts, claims, etc.)
- to drop from consideration
- amortize (sense )
- to put into writing
- to write in full
- to exhaust (oneself) of ideas by writing prolifically
- to write a record or account of
- to complete in writing
- to praise in writing
- Accounting to increase the book value of (an asset)
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