write

verb
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce write (audio) \
wrote\ ˈrōt How to pronounce write (audio) \; written\ ˈri-​tᵊn How to pronounce write (audio) \ also writ\ ˈrit How to pronounce write (audio) \ or dialectal wrote; writing\ ˈrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce write (audio) \

Definition of write

transitive verb

1a : to form (characters, symbols, etc.) on a surface with an instrument (such as a pen)
b : to form (words) by inscribing characters or symbols on a surface write one's name
c : to spell in writing words written alike but pronounced differently
d : to cover, fill, or fill in by writing wrote ten pages write a check
2 : to set down in writing: such as
a : draw up, draft write a will
b(1) : to be the author of : compose writes poems and essays
(2) : to compose in musical form write a string quartet
c : to express in literary form if I could write the beauty of your eyes— William Shakespeare
d : to communicate by letter writes that they are coming
e : to use or exhibit (a specific script, language, or literary form or style) in writing write braille writes French with ease
f : to write contracts or orders for especially : underwrite write life insurance
3 : to make a permanent impression of
4 : to communicate with in writing we'll write you when we get there
5 : ordain, fate so be it, it is written— D. C. Peattie
6 : to make evident or obvious guilt written on his face
7 : to force, effect, introduce, or remove by writing write oneself into fame and fortune— Charles Lee
8 : to take part in or bring about (something worth recording)
9a : to introduce (information) into the storage device or medium of a computer
b : to transfer (information) from the main memory of a computer to a storage or output device
10 : sell write a stock option

intransitive verb

1a : to make significant characters or inscriptions also : to permit or be adapted to writing
b : to form or produce written letters, words, or sentences
2 : to compose, communicate by, or send a letter
3a : to produce a written work
b : to compose music
write one's own ticket
: to select a course of action or position entirely according to one's wishes
writ large
: on a larger scale or in a more prominent manner the problems of modern totalitarianism are only our own problems writ largeThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
writ small
: on a smaller scale

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Examples of write in a Sentence

children learning to read and write I don't have anything to write with. Could I borrow a pen? Please write your name at the top of each sheet. Write the number as a decimal instead of as a fraction. She wrote “tag sale” on the sign in big letters. The note was written in blue ink. I mistakenly wrote her name as “Gene” instead of “Jean.” She wrote hundreds of poems during her lifetime. She wrote an essay comparing two poems. I'm writing an article for the school newspaper.
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Recent Examples on the Web Clayton-Taylor said the idea for the song started during a writing session at the Roots 101 museum in November, and the younger girls wanted to write a song to uplift Black girls. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, 18 June 2021 Over the past couple months, he's seen people with moderate cases who have asked him to write doctor's notes to get them out of going to work in-person. Megan Marples, CNN, 17 June 2021 There are too many possible beginnings to choose from, too many ways to write a sentence, to disclose a detail or share an observation, and settling on one possibility forecloses all the others. The New Yorker, 17 June 2021 The girls display their talent, wear an evening gown, write an essay and answer questions on stage. NBC News, 17 June 2021 Several write-in candidates had little support and little chance of winning. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 17 June 2021 Furthermore, Scott says that being able to write music for drag artists that can become highly successful, especially when drag artists rarely see such success in the music industry, is a gift. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 16 June 2021 Latham, who went on to co-write the screenplay for Urban Cowboy, was a writer for New York Magazine at the time. Mary Green, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2021 Shoppers could write mental health goals or intentions on a wooden stake and plant them in Saks’ on-site garden. Andrea Wasserman, Forbes, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of write

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for write

Middle English, from Old English wrītan to scratch, draw, inscribe; akin to Old High German rīzan to tear and perhaps to Greek rhinē file, rasp

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write

verb

English Language Learners Definition of write

: to form letters or numbers on a surface with a pen, pencil, etc.
: to create (a book, poem, story, etc.) by writing words on paper, on a computer, etc.
: to produce (a written document, agreement, rule, etc.) by writing

write

verb
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce write (audio) \
wrote\ ˈrōt \; written\ ˈri-​tᵊn \; writing\ ˈrī-​tiŋ \

Kids Definition of write

1 : to form letters or words with pen or pencil The kindergartners are learning to write.
2 : to form the letters or the words of (as on paper) Write your name.
3 : to put down on paper For homework, write about your vacation.
4 : to make up and set down for others to read I'm writing a novel.
5 : to compose music
6 : to communicate with someone by sending a letter

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