|write (rt)|v. wrote (rt)
, writ·ten (rtn)
also writ (rt)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.