Write Definition

writes, writing, written, wrote
writes, writing, written, wrote
To form or inscribe words, letters, symbols, etc. on a surface, esp. by making marks with a pen or pencil.
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.
Webster's New World
To form words in cursive style.
Webster's New World
To write books or other literary matter; be an author or writer.
Webster's New World
To spell (a name, word, etc.)
Words written alike are often pronounced differently.
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(computing) The operation of storing data, as in memory or onto disk.

How many writes per second can this hard disk handle?
write (one's) own ticket
  • To set one's own terms or course of action entirely according to one's own needs or wishes:

    an open-ended and generous scholarship that lets recipients write their own ticket.

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write the book on
  • To be the preeminent practitioner of or expert in (something).
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writ large
  • Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree:
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write down
  • to put into written form; write a record of
  • to disparage or depreciate in writing
Webster's New World
write in
  • to vote for (someone not officially on a ballot) by inserting that person's name on the ballot
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Origin of Write

  • From Middle English writen, from Old English wrÄ«tan (“to incise, engrave, write, draw, bestow by writing"), from Proto-Germanic *wrÄ«tanÄ… (“to carve, write"), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey- (“to rip, tear"). Cognate with West Frisian write (“to wear by rubbing, rip, tear"), Dutch wrijten (“to argue, quarrel"), Dutch rijten (“to rip, tear"), Low German wrieten, rieten (“to tear, split"), German reißen (“to tear, rip"), Swedish rita (“to draw, design, delineate, model"), Icelandic ríta (“to cut, scratch, write"), German ritzen (“to carve, scratch").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English writen from Old English wrītan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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