write-in

1 of 2

noun

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

write in

2 of 2

verb

wrote in; written in; writing in; writes in

transitive verb

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

Examples of write-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The current census has over 40 categories, plus a write-in option for race groups that may have not been included on the form. Sandhya Kambhampati, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 With the open seat, eight candidates registered as write-ins, including Goodwin and his then-predecessor Alexander. Vanessa Swales, Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2024 The Republican ballot will have Trump, Haley, Perry Johnson, and a write-in option. Margie Cullen, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 The 2020 Census, which included MENA as a write-in option, recorded over 3.5 million people who reported Middle Eastern and North African descent. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 Some categories, like best movie, best actor and best actress, allow voting members to write-in contenders during first-round voting, which closes May 7. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2024 Khanna stumped in the state on behalf of an independent write-in campaign when Biden was prohibited by party rules from appearing on the ballot. USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2024 Celebrate Earth Day with an environmental write-in, reading and open mic in Joaquin Miller Park. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Fong has endorsed Ken Weir, a member of the Bakersfield City Council and the chairman of the Kern County Republican Party, who is running a write-in campaign for the Assembly seat. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024
Verb
The three proceeded to the theater and watched from the director’s booth a rehearsal of the song written in King’s honor. Larry Tye, TIME, 9 May 2024 Rush founded the organization in the San Joaquin Valley, where McIntyre was raised, Rush wrote in Facebook posts honoring her daughter. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Contreras, Solid Waste’s facilities chief, wrote in an Aug. 25 email to a county real estate administrator that the closure of the MLK building’s garage over structural concerns had left the Department of Solid Waste Management eager for new quarters. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 Kelsey and sheriff’s Officer Jason Wheeler later wrote in their notes for the Texas Ranger that Miller refused to answer questions. Nichole Manna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 The research points to a need for targeted prevention strategies, clinical trials and treatments, scientists write in the paper published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2024 Hundreds of others have written in regarding the use of Agent Orange and other chemicals at their bases. Hannah Norman and Patricia Kime, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2024 Among the items was a copy of one of the high school's first student newspaper volumes, finance committee reports, a list of mayors and city reporters, numerous items from the Minnesota Freemasons, and even a booklet written in Czech. Li Cohen, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2024 Stephanie Villatoro wrote in a search warrant affidavit. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of write-in was in the 14th century

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“Write-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write-in. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

write-in

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

write in

2 of 2 verb
: to insert (a name not listed on a ballot or voting machine) in an appropriate space

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