write

verb
\ ˈrīt How to pronounce write (audio) \
wrote\ ˈrōt How to pronounce write (audio) \; written\ ˈri-​tᵊn How to pronounce write (audio) \ also writ\ ˈrit How to pronounce write (audio) \ or dialectal wrote; writing\ ˈrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce write (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 Right – the last track Nirvana recorded in 1994 but which was not released until 2002 – is that Kurt Cobain did not write it and no members of Nirvana played on it. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, "Near-Vana: A “New” Kurt Cobain Track Appears Courtesy Of Artificial Intelligence," 6 Apr. 2021 The account offered him not just a space for his creative energy, but a chance to recollect and write some of his stories down for the first time. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Dave Grohl to Publish Autobiographical Book ‘The Storyteller’," 6 Apr. 2021 What did Fox News have to fear from an aging politician who might one day write a few critical words in a memoir? Washington Post, "Opinion: John Boehner called Sean Hannity a ‘nut.’ That’s way too kind.," 6 Apr. 2021 The premise of the film has to do with a scholarly project to write biographies of the nine thousand French people who’d been deported to this camp. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Best of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts," 6 Apr. 2021 But Lee and Evanescence’s current members used the pandemic shutdowns as an opportunity to write the band’s first record in 10 years. Los Angeles Times, "Evanescence’s Amy Lee finds a new voice in ‘The Bitter Truth’," 5 Apr. 2021 On Monday, the commissioners abandoned the effort to write a formal rule and instead directed their staff to study the issue. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Elections Commission to study voting in nursing homes," 5 Apr. 2021 Ten minutes later, the men were on a video call and resolved to write a public letter, according to two people familiar with the matter. New York Times, "Inside Corporate America’s Frantic Response to the Georgia Voting Law," 5 Apr. 2021 If workers ran over their break time, managers would write them up, Smalls said, which could eventually lead to getting fired. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon apologizes for denying that its drivers pee in bottles," 5 Apr. 2021

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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

verb

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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