write

verb
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce write (audio) \
wrote\ ˈrōt How to pronounce wrote (audio) \; written\ ˈri-​tᵊn How to pronounce written (audio) \ also writ\ ˈrit How to pronounce writ (audio) \ or dialectal wrote; writing\ ˈrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce writing (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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The Prince of Wales wrote a guest column for the Telegraph, which was published in today's paper. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ahead of Easter, Prince Charles Publishes a Message of Hope," 19 Apr. 2019 Carillion entered liquidation proceedings in January 2018 following several profit warnings, write-downs and losses. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "U.K. Watchdog to Review Conduct, Governance at KPMG Audit Unit," 1 Apr. 2019 Back in the day, people got their news from the newspaper, which was edited by professional editors and reported and written by professional reporters. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "What Is Fake News and How Can I Spot It?," 25 Mar. 2019 This is when the now-viral confrontation — a video of which has since been viewed over 10 million times on Twitter, written about by *The New York Times*, CNN, and Huffington Post, and used in an unaired skit on *Saturday Night Live* — happened. Isha Tobis Clarke, Teen Vogue, "What the Youth Climate Strike Felt Like as a Woman of Color," 19 Mar. 2019 An Illustrated History of the Irish Guards, a book written by James Wilson, which features a foreword by the Duke of Cambridge, the piece was crafted by Cartier and then presented to Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, by the regiment in 1961. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Gold Shamrock Brooch Has a Rich History with the Royal Family," 17 Mar. 2019 Based on the 1970s version written by Norman Lear, the show portrayed a Cuban American family living in Los Angeles. Glamour, "Why Netflix’s One Day at a Time Mattered to Latinxs Like Me," 15 Mar. 2019 The Rebelscum post was written by prominent Star Wars collector Philip Wise, whose 20,000-item collection is a place of pilgrimage for many Star Wars collectors. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Sharing a personal letter written by his daughter (a.k.a. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Her Dad: A Timeline of Their Rocky Relationship," 6 Mar. 2019

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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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