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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Recent Examples on the Web

During Andrews-Sullivan’s campaign, old charges filed against her for allegedly writing hot checks resurfaced. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Councilwoman Andrews-Sullivan, campaign worker at odds over $4,200 in payments," 18 July 2019 And as Recode’s Peter Kafka writes, this sluggish growth happened before Netflix loses Friends and The Office. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: Big Tech told Congress it has plenty of competitors. But does it really?," 18 July 2019 Leopold & Stevens did not seek restitution in the case but wrote a victim impact statement to the court about the damage to its brand and loss of sales. oregonlive.com, "Oregon man who sold counterfeit rifle scopes sentenced to probation," 18 July 2019 Lawmakers are close to approving a bill that would outlaw the sale and manufacture of new fur clothing and accessories, Sacramento reporter Alexei Koseff writes. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Another eviction in San Francisco — from a $15 million mansion," 18 July 2019 Jane Hartley, a former U.S. ambassador to France, sent $2,800, as did a consultant for the controversial consulting firm McKinsey & Co. John Thompson III, a former Georgetown basketball coach, wrote a check for $500. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Billionaires, athletes and Hollywood funnel money to Colorado’s Senate race," 18 July 2019 Tally the Xs for each recipe, and write the totals in the eighth row. Scientific American, "Put Edible Paper to the Test," 18 July 2019 But German news outlets Bild and Kicker claim a get-out clause is written into Haller's contract, allowing him to join a Champions League club if approached. SI.com, "Sebastien Haller Contract Clause 'Revealed' Just Hours After Sealing West Ham Move," 17 July 2019 Stearns, who writes and directs, puts Casey on a remarkably strange path. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'The Art of Self-Defense' review: Falling down a rabbit hole of toxic masculinity," 17 July 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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