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 Tariff-ic: With Trump announcing new tariffs on South American steel and other imports, there’s a growing fear among some for Pennsylvania’s steel and port jobs, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Joseph DiStefano writes. cleveland, "States worry SNAP crackdown could leave vulnerable hungry: The Flyover," 5 Dec. 2019 GW Magazine, an alumni publication, wrote that Mr. Peiperl ‘‘creates rainbow-like effects in a box-like enclosure that has a window in the front. BostonGlobe.com, "Adam Peiperl, creator of kinetic light sculptures, dies at 84 - The Boston Globe," 5 Dec. 2019 The officer wrote that the victim was shirtless and noted that the victim’s thumb had an abrasion and was bleeding. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Taneytown woman arrested after allegedly biting man on Thanksgiving," 3 Dec. 2019 Count down the 12 days to Christmas by writing letters to Santa, decorating ornaments and cookies, and building delicious gingerbread houses. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Snow-Filled Christmas Vacation Ideas," 3 Dec. 2019 The two wrote their own vows—or in Chris's case, landed on them in the moment. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chris Hessney & Simon Miall's Three-Day Wedding in Italy Was a "Wicked Party"—Not a Wedding," 2 Dec. 2019 The jokes about Hina Yakitori practically write themselves. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019 Say it with snail mail: Quartz’s design reporter, Anne Quito, recently wrote about the timeless appeal of personalized stationery as an antidote to dry and dreaded email. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Smart gift ideas for busy professionals," 29 Nov. 2019 In 1998, brothers Mark and Chris Hoofnagle (a lawyer and a physiologist) wrote an early blog post about science denialism. Lee Mcintyre, The Conversation, "5 ways Trump and his supporters are using the same strategies as science deniers," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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“Write.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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