Write Write, v. i. 1. To form characters, letters, or figures, as representative of sounds or ideas; to express words and sentences by written signs. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

So it stead you, I will write, Please you command. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To be regularly employed or occupied in writing, copying, or accounting; to act as clerk or amanuensis; as, he writes in one of the public offices. [1913 Webster]

3. To frame or combine ideas, and express them in written words; to play the author; to recite or relate in books; to compose. [1913 Webster]

They can write up to the dignity and character of the authors. --Felton. [1913 Webster]

4. To compose or send letters. [1913 Webster]

He wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm up into Jewry concerning their freedom. --1 Esdras iv. 49. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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