Write meaning

rīt
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.

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To compose a letter, e-mail, or other written communication.

Please write while you are away.

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To transfer or copy (information) from memory to a storage device or output device.
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To produce written material, such as articles or books.

She wrote for most of her adult life.

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To fill in (a check, money order, etc.) with necessary writing.
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To cover with writing.

To write three pages.

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To ordain or prophesy.

It was written that the empire would fall.

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To be the author or composer of (literary or musical material)
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To draw up or compose in legal form.
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To communicate in writing.

He wrote that he would be late.

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To indicate; mark.
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To trace or form letters, words, or symbols on paper or another surface.

People who cannot read or write.

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To form or inscribe (words) in cursive style.
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To spell (a name, word, etc.)

Words written alike are often pronounced differently.

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To know (a specific alphabet, language, etc.) well enough to communicate in writing.
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To communicate with in writing; write a letter or note to.

Write her before you go.

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To entitle or designate in writing.

He writes himself “Judge”

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To underwrite.
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To leave marks, signs, or evidence of; show clearly.

Greed was written on his face.

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To record (information) on a magnetic or optical disc, as in a computer hard drive, a CD or DVD, etc.

Write a file to a disc.

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To form or inscribe words, letters, symbols, etc. on a surface, esp. by making marks with a pen or pencil.
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To form words in cursive style.
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To write books or other literary matter; be an author or writer.
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To write a letter or letters.
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To be employed at written work, as a clerk, copyist, etc.
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To produce writing of a specified kind.

To write legibly, a pen that writes scratchily.

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To store data in memory or onto a storage medium, such as a disk or flash drive. Writing is analogous to recording a movie on a DVR. Every write operation in the computer implies a read operation. For example, to write a file to disk requires reading the data from memory. See read and read/write.
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(intransitive) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.

The pupil wrote his name on the paper.

Your son has been writing on the wall.

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To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).

My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.

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To send written information to.

(UK) Please write to me when you get there.

(US) Please write me when you get there.

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To show (information, etc) in written form.

The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.

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(intransitive) To be an author.

I write for a living.

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(computing) To record (data) mechanically or electronically.

The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.

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(South Africa, Canada, of a form, a document, etc.) To fill in, to complete using words.

I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test.

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To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave.

Truth written on the heart.

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To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; often used reflexively.
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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?

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To compose (a musical work).
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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.
  • 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).
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write in
  • To vote for (someone not officially on a ballot) by inserting that person's name on the ballot.
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write (someone) into
  • To add (a character or role) to (a script, plotline, etc.).
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write off
  • To cancel or remove from accounts (bad debts, claims, etc.).
  • To drop from consideration.
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write out
  • To put into writing.
  • To write in full.
  • To exhaust (oneself) of ideas by writing prolifically.
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write (someone) out of
  • To remove (a character or role) from (a script, plotline, etc.).
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write up
  • To write a record or account of.
  • To complete in writing.
  • To praise in writing.
  • To write a report on (a person or group), as for an infraction.
  • To increase the book value of (an asset).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

write the book on
write (someone) into
write (someone) out of

Origin of write

  • Middle English writen from Old English wrītan

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

  • 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