write-in

noun \ ˈrīt-ˌin \

Definition of write-in

1 : a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate
2 : a candidate whose name is written in

First Known Use of write-in

1932

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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write in

verb

Definition of write in

1 : to insert in a document or text
2 a : to insert (a name not listed on a ballot or voting machine) in an appropriate space
b : to cast (a vote) in this manner

First Known Use of write in

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WRITE-IN Defined for English Language Learners

write-in

Definition of write-in for English Language Learners

  • : a candidate in an election whose name is not printed on the ballot and whose name must be written on the ballot by voters

  • : a vote for someone who is not on an election's official list of candidates


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