\ 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 For example, one reason inmates have not received paper and pencils to write letters was a supply issue with the jail’s commissary contractor, the jail staff told state officials. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County jail fails annual inspection for first time in a decade," 12 Feb. 2021 Second, unlike federal transfer programs such as Social Security, public option enrollees or their employers would generally have to write checks to the federal government, not the other way around. Lanhee J. Chen, STAT, "A public option for health insurance could be a disaster, especially in times of crisis," 12 Feb. 2021 Druckman will team with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to write the television adaptation and Beanpole director Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "Game of Thrones Star Bella Ramsey to Kick Butt on HBO Once Again As Ellie in The Last of Us," 11 Feb. 2021 The reports says Wingard will also write the script with Simon Barrett. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Alabama’s Adam Wingard to direct ‘Face/Off’ reboot," 11 Feb. 2021 So much of that had been centered on spirituals and gospel, the things that people kind of expect Black composers to write. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston musicians on the Black composers to hear now," 11 Feb. 2021 Andrew Bizer, the plaintiffs' lawyer, noted that the city took more than two decades from passage of the ADA in 1990 to write a plan for curb compliance. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Three disabled men sue City of New Orleans for decade-long wait to fix curb ramps," 8 Feb. 2021 Much to the relief of the ascot-wearing folks who can write checks for six-figure convertibles, Lexus worked them all into the 2021 LC500 ragtop. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible Puts a Price Tag on Maturity," 8 Feb. 2021 Doyle began getting up at four-thirty, to write before her children were out of bed. Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, "Glennon Doyle’s Honesty Gospel," 8 Feb. 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Write.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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


\ 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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