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write  (rt)
v. wrote (rt), writ·ten (rtn) also writ (rt), writ·ing, writes
v.tr.
1.
a. To form (letters, words, or symbols) on a surface such as paper with an instrument such as a pen.
b. To spell: How do you write your name?
2. To form (letters or words) in cursive style.
3. To compose and set down, especially in literary or musical form: write a poem; write a prelude.
4. To draw up in legal form; draft: write a will.
5. To fill in or cover with writing: write a check; wrote five pages in an hour.
6. To express in writing; set down: write ones thoughts.
7. To communicate by correspondence: wrote that she was planning to visit.
8. To underwrite, as an insurance policy.
9. To indicate; mark: Utter dejection was written on every face (Winston S. Churchill).
10. To ordain or prophesy: It was written that the empire would fall.
11. Computer Science To transfer or copy (information) from memory to a storage device or output device.
v.intr.
1. To trace or form letters, words, or symbols on paper or another surface.
2. To produce written material, such as articles or books.
3. To compose a letter; communicate by mail.
Phrasal Verbs:
write down
1. To set down in writing.
2. To reduce in rank, value, or price.
3. To disparage in writing.
4. To write in a conspicuously simple or condescending style: felt he had to write down to his students.
write in
1. To cast a vote by inserting (a name not listed on a ballot).
2. To insert in a text or document: wrote in an apology at the end of the note.
3. To communicate with an organization by mail: write in with a completed entry form.
write off
1. To reduce to zero the book value of (an asset that has become worthless).
2. To cancel from accounts as a loss.
3. To consider as a loss or failure: wrote off the rainy first day of the vacation.
write out
1. To express or compose in writing: write out a request.
2. To write in full or expanded form: All abbreviations are to be written out.
write up
1. To write a report or description of, as for publication.
2. To bring (a journal, for example) up to date.
3. To overstate the value of (assets).
4. To report (someone) in writing, as for breaking the law. wrote him up for speeding.
Idioms:
write (ones) own ticket
To set ones own terms or course of action entirely according to ones own needs or wishes: an open-ended and generous scholarship that lets recipients write their own ticket.
writ large
Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: The man was no more than the boy writ large (George Eliot).

[Middle English writen, from Old English wrtan.]
Word History: Every western Indo-European language except English derives its verb for to write from Latin scrbere: écrire in French, escribir in Spanish, scrivere in Italian, scribaim in Old Irish, ysgrifennu in Welsh, skriva in Breton, skrifa in Old Norse, skrive in Danish and Norwegian, skriva in Swedish, schreiben in German, schrijven in Dutch. The Old English verb to write is wrtan, from a Germanic root *writ- that derives from an Indo-European root *wreid- meaning to cut, scratch, tear, sketch an outline. German still retains this meaning in its cognate verb reissen, to tear. Only Old English employed wrtan to refer to writing, that is, scratching on parchment with a pen. English shows a similar contrariness in its verb read, being almost the only western European language not to derive its verb for that concept from Latin legere.


write  /rat/  v. wrote /rot/ or written /rtn/, writing, writes 1 [I;T] to present ideas in words, such as on paper or electronically: He has to write a term paper for his history class. 2 [I;T] to create literary works: She writes novels for a living. 3 [I;T] to communicate with s.o. in writing: I wrote (a letter) to my brother about my new job.4 phrasal v. insep. [I] to write in or away for s.t.: to request s.t. by letter or mail: He wrote in for concert tickets. 5 phrasal v. sep. [T] to write s.o. or s.t. off: to pay no attention to, ignore, dismiss: I write off his comments as stupid.||I write them off. See: write-off.6 phrasal v. sep. [T] to write s.t. down: a. to write on paper: I wrote down my friends new address.||I wrote it down. b. (in business) to make s.t. less valuable, (syn.) to devalue an asset: We wrote down old inventory.See: write-down. 7 phrasal v. insep. [T] to write s.t. out: to copy completely: She wrote out her recipe for lemon cake.||She wrote it out.8 phrasal v. sep. [T] to write s.t. up: to describe, esp. in a newspaper: A reporter wrote up our baseball teams win in the newspaper.|| He wrote it up. write

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