hand·​write ˈhand-ˌrīt How to pronounce handwrite (audio)
handwrote ˈhand-ˌrōt How to pronounce handwrite (audio) ; handwritten ˈhand-ˌri-tᵊn How to pronounce handwrite (audio) ; handwriting ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce handwrite (audio)

transitive verb

: to write by hand

Examples of handwrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The findings add to a growing body of evidence that has many experts speaking up about the importance of teaching children to handwrite words and draw pictures. Charlotte Hu, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2024 My signature, in case handwriting experts are still around. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 Jan. 2015 An example of handwriting synthesis on the Calligrapher.ai website. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 26 Jan. 2023 Csergo had been allegedly asked to handwrite reports about Australia’s AUKUS defense technology partnership with the United States and Britain, the QUAD diplomatic partnership, iron ore and lithium mining, Barko said. Reuters, CNN, 17 Apr. 2023 Also helpful to Dockery when getting into character: the full-scale recreation of the Old Bailey that Netflix constructed in Shepperton, with the production team going so far as to handwrite and update court documents throughout filming for the sake of veracity. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2022 Sailors would have to navigate with paper charts and sextant, catch rain for water, handwrite their logs, and communicate by radio. Longreads, 5 Oct. 2022 The department sued the three counties last week seeking a court order requiring them to provide primary election results that include mail-in ballots on whose envelope the voter did not handwrite a date. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 Customers choose a card online, handwrite a message on a piece of paper, take a photo on their phone and upload it to the website. Lisa Kanarek, Wired, 26 Dec. 2021

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Word History


back-formation from handwriting

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handwrite was in 1656

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“Handwrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwrite. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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