Definitions for: Write


[v] record data on a computer; "boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk"
[v] communicate or express by writing; "Please write to me every week"
[v] communicate (with) in writing; "Write her soon, please!"
[v] communicate by letter; "He wrote that he would be coming soon"
[v] mark or trace on a surface; "The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper"
[v] produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
[v] write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word); "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"
[v] write music; "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
[v] have (one's written work) issued for publication; "How many books did Georges Simenon write?"; "She published 25 books during her long career"



Webster (1913) Definition: Write, v. t. [imp. Wrote; p. p. Written; Archaic
imp. & p. p. Writ; p. pr. & vb. n. Writing.] [OE. writen,
AS. wr[=i]tan; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to OS.
wr[=i]tan to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten to tear, to
rend, G. reissen, OHG. r[=i]zan, Icel. r[=i]ta to write,
Goth. writs a stroke, dash, letter. Cf. Race tribe,
lineage.]
1. To set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance
of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable
instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to
write figures.

2. To set down for reading; to express in legible or
intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed;
to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to
set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter.

Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to
one she loves. --Shak.

I chose to write the thing I durst not speak To her
I loved. --Prior.

3. Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.

I purpose to write the history of England from the
accession of King James the Second down to a time
within the memory of men still living. --Macaulay.

4. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth
written on the heart.

5. To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own
written testimony; -- often used reflexively.

He who writes himself by his own inscription is like
an ill painter, who, by writing on a shapeless
picture which he hath drawn, is fain to tell
passengers what shape it is, which else no man could
imagine. --Milton.

To write to, to communicate by a written document to.

Written laws, laws deriving their force from express
legislative enactment, as contradistinguished from
unwritten, or common, law. See the Note under Law, and
Common law, under Common, a.


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.

So it stead you, I will write, Please you command.
--Shak.

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.

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

They can write up to the dignity and character of
the authors. --Felton.

4. To compose or send letters.

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

Synonyms: compose, indite, pen

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