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This page has 16 definitions of write in English, Middle English, and Western Frisian. Write is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use write in a sentence are shown. Also define these 23 related words and terms: transitive, intransitive, relative clause, computing, to, reads, fill in, complete, impress, durably, imprint, engrave, finance, sell, option, derivative, memory, disk, writen, rip, tear, painful, and sting.
English write definition
From Middle English writen, from Old English wrītan (“to incise, engrave, write, draw, bestow by writing”), from Proto-West Germanic *wrītan, from Proto-Germanic *wrītaną (“to carve, write”), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey- (“to rip, tear”). Cognate with West Frisian write (“to wear by rubbing, rip, tear”), Dutch wrijten (“to argue, quarrel”), Middle Low German wrîten (“to scratch, draw, write”) (> Low German wrieten, rieten (“to tear, split”)), German reißen (“to tear, rip”), Norwegian rita (“to rough-sketch, carve, write”), Swedish rita (“to draw, design, delineate, model”), Icelandic rita (“to cut, scratch, write”), German ritzen (“to carve, scratch”), Proto-Slavic *ryti (“to carve, engrave, dig”), Polish ryć (“to engrave, dig”), Czech rýt (“to engrave, dig”). See also rit and rat.
- (UK, US) enPR: rīt, IPA(key): /ɹaɪt/
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- Rhymes: -aɪt
- Homophones: right, rite, wright
- (transitive, intransitive) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.
- The pupil wrote his name on the paper.
- Your son has been writing on the wall.
- (transitive) To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).
- My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.
- 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate […], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619:
- Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language […]; his clerks, however, understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
- (transitive) To send written information to.
- (UK) Please write to me when you get there.
- (US) Please write me when you get there.
- (transitive) To show (information, etc) in written form.
- The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.
- (ditransitive with relative clause) To convey a fact to someone via writing.
- Jimmy wrote me that he needs more money.
- (intransitive) To be an author.
- I write for a living.
- (computing, intransitive, with to) To record data mechanically or electronically.
- The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.
Reads definitionplural of
- (transitive, South Africa, Canada, of an exam, a document, etc.) To fill in, to complete using words.
- I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test.
- To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave.
- truth written on the heart
Durably definitionIn a durable manner.
- To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; often used reflexively.
- 1649, J[ohn] Milton, ΕΙΚΟΝΟΚΛΆΣΤΗΣ [EIKONOKLASTES] […], London: […] Matthew Simmons, […], OCLC 1044608640:
- He who writes himself Martyr 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.
- (finance) To sell (an option or other derivative).
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|you write||you write||you are writing||you are writing||you have written||you have written||you have been writing||you have been writing|
|he writes||they write||he is writing||they are writing||he has written||they have written||he has been writing||they have been writing|
|past||I wrote||we wrote||I was writing||we were writing||I had written||we had written||I had been writing||we had been writing|
|you wrote||you wrote||you were writing||you were writing||you had written||you had written||you had been writing||you had been writing|
|he wrote||they wrote||he was writing||they were writing||he had written||they had written||he had been writing||they had been writing|
|future||I will write||we will write||I will be writing||we will be writing||I will have written||we will have written||I will have been writing||we will have been writing|
|you will write||you will write||you will be writing||you will be writing||you will have written||you will have written||you will have been writing||you will have been writing|
|he will write||they will write||he will be writing||they will be writing||he will have written||they will have written||he will have been writing||they will have been writing|
|conditional||I would write||we would write||I would be writing||we would be writing||I would have written||we would have written||I would have been writing||we would have been writing|
|you would write||you would write||you would be writing||you would be writing||you would have written||you would have written||you would have been writing||you would have been writing|
|he would write||they would write||he would be writing||they would be writing||he would have written||they would have written||he would have been writing||they would have been writing|
- (form letters, words or symbols in order to communicate): inscribe, scrawl (indistinctly), scribble (quickly or imprecisely)
- (be the author of): author, pen
- (send (a letter) to): to post
- (show (information, etc) in written form): display, indicate, mark, show
- (computing: store (data)): save, store
- (fill in, complete): sit (Commonwealth)
- See also Thesaurus:write
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Dictionary:Entry layout § Translations.
write (plural writes)
- The act or style of writing.
- 1938, The Bankers Monthly (volume 55, page 591)
- The pen also gives a better write than the ordinary counter pen. The ink stand cannot be stolen, for it is fastened to the counter or desk.
- 1938, The Bankers Monthly (volume 55, page 591)
- (computing) The operation of storing data, as in memory or onto disk.
- How many writes per second can this hard disk handle?
- 2006, MySQL administrator's guide and language reference (page 393)
- In other words, the system can do 1200 reads per second with no writes, the average write is twice as slow as the average read, and the relationship is linear.
- write in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- write in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
Middle English write definition
- Alternative form of
Writen definitionto turn, to twist (1 of 2 writen definitions)
West Frisian write definition
|Strong class 1|
|3rd singular past||wriet|
|indicative||present tense||past tense|
“write”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011