verb (wrote; written; also writ or dialect wrote; writing) Etymology: 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 Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to form (as characters or symbols) on a surface with an instrument (as a pen) b. to form (as words) by inscribing the characters or symbols of on a surface 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: 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 — 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) 9. a. 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 1. a. 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 3. a. to produce a written work b. to compose music

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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