\ ˈrīt-ˌin How to pronounce write-in (audio) \

Definition of write-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

write in

wrote in; written in; writing in; writes in

Definition of write in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to insert in a document or text
2a : 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


1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Write-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write-in. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of write-in

: 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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