write

verb
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce write (audio) \
wrote\ ˈrōt How to pronounce wrote (audio) \; written\ ˈri-​tᵊn How to pronounce written (audio) \ also writ\ ˈrit How to pronounce writ (audio) \ or dialectal wrote; writing\ ˈrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce writing (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 Helping interpret or even write those rules upstream, though, is just as important as defending against their effects. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "This Supreme Court Was Designed to Kill Climate Policies," 14 Oct. 2020 Kenneth was very hesitant to write a book—because aside from the gossip between the ladies, everybody just wanted to know every little piece about Kenneth. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Secrets of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s Hairdresser," 13 Oct. 2020 This fully assembled foldable desk is the ideal size for teens and adults to write, study, and even sew. Popular Science, "Narrow desks that can turn any corner into a comfortable workspace," 13 Oct. 2020 Aaron will write the report top to bottom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Amazon the innovator or Amazon the violator?," 13 Oct. 2020 People want to know about a place that escaped a slaughter, which frees Gross to write a fine and often funny speculative novel. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Review: A Jewish town-out-of-time collides with 21st century in witty 'The Lost Shtetl'," 12 Oct. 2020 In that 4-3 ruling, the court determined Evers had to write COVID-19 rules that the Legislature has the power to shape. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge denies GOP effort to end Tony Evers' mask mandate, upholding governor's ability to issue health orders," 12 Oct. 2020 Church authorities instead asked Brazilians to make their own altar and tune in from home on television or radio, write a letter and share photos on social media of oneself watching services. Star Tribune, "Brazil Catholics drawn to worship despite downsized services," 12 Oct. 2020 Enough pride to sit down and write a letter about it. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: In a nasty nation, there's an oasis of nice in one Michigan city," 11 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of write was before the 12th century

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16 Oct 2020

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“Write.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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write

verb
How to pronounce write (audio)

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

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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