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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The program aims to help journalists deepen their understanding of psychological injury and interview and write about survivors with greater sensitivity and skill. Todd Duncan, ajc, 12 May 2022 The chip on her shoulder led her to write a grand statement song, its title a vulgar epithet. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Horror icon Stephen King dangled his own wish to write a new story from the perspective of Jason Voorhees himself. Jason Kravarik, CNN, 12 May 2022 Feig is set to produce alongside Laura Fischer, with original screenwriter Jessica Scharzer also returning to write the script, reports Deadline, who first broke the news. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 11 May 2022 Or she will be inspired to write the lesbian novel of the century! Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 This is a reference to the three films of the Star Wars sequel trilogy (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker), which don't work together and feel instead like one writer trying to write over the previous. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 11 May 2022 James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick return to co-write the screenplay while Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, from a filmmaking collective known as Radio Silence, are back as directors. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 The musician first taught herself to play guitar in 2016, and eventually learned to write her own music. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for write

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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