writ·​ing | \ ˈrī-tiŋ How to pronounce writing (audio) \

Definition of writing

1 : the act or process of one who writes: such as
a : the act or art of forming visible letters or characters specifically : handwriting sense 1
b : the act or practice of literary or musical composition
2 : something written: such as
a : letters or characters that serve as visible signs of ideas, words, or symbols
b : a letter, note, or notice used to communicate or record
c : a written composition
3 : a style or form of composition
4 : the occupation of a writer especially : the profession of authorship
writing on the wall
: an omen or sign of one's unpleasant fate No one told him he was going to be fired, but he could see the writing on the wall. [=he could see that he was going to be fired soon]

Examples of writing in a Sentence

Writing usually isn't a lucrative career, but it has been very fulfilling for me. He teaches creative writing at the university. Few people nowadays care about the art of letter writing. The novel's plot is okay, but the writing is horrible. I asked a friend to critique my writing. Her essay was a wonderful piece of writing. She has a unique writing style. Much of the best Japanese writing has not been translated into English. the writings of Benjamin Franklin a book of selected writings on moral philosophy
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Hartford summer camps will promote reading and writing this year after once again receiving funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Connecticut summer camps benefit from Hartford Foundation education funding," 4 June 2019 The image, which has over 3.1 million likes and over 141,000 comments at the time of writing, received a reply from the photographer herself. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channing Tatum Posted a Naked Photo to Instagram After Losing a Bet to Jessie J," 3 May 2019 Stray Thoughts: While the plotting of Season Two is certainly better, some of the writing could use a little more subtly. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 But there's still plenty of unrealized potential in terms of the writing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 But to his wife, Fischman’s most wonderful pieces of writing came in the form of poems. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette editor Gerald Fischman remembered at funeral for dry wit, love of family," 8 July 2018 So a lot of the great writers started going to HBO and getting TV series made, so the standard of writing now is really elevated. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Sunday Conversation: Lesley Manville discusses her wide-ranging career and new appreciation for TV," 5 July 2018 This is less of a plot hole and more just bad writing, but as @andreagonram points out on Twitter, the show could've given Arya a dozen different, worthy conclusions. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Finale Is Filled with Plot Holes and Twitter Is Calling Them All Out," 20 May 2019 She, and then her legions of imitators, were determined to name these unnamed things and filled libraries with writing on subjects that serious people hadn’t written about—or hadn’t written about seriously, before. Benjamin Moser, Town & Country, "Why Susan Sontag Would Have Hated a Camp-Themed Met Gala," 5 May 2019

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First Known Use of writing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of writing

: the activity or work of writing books, poems, stories, etc.
: the way that you use written words to express your ideas or opinions
: books, poems, essays, letters, etc.


writ·​ing | \ ˈrī-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of writing

1 : the act of a person who writes
2 : handwriting I can't read his writing.
3 : something (as a letter or book) that is written

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