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Definition of WRITE

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Write \Write\, v. t. [imp. {Wrote}; p. p. {Written}; Archaic imp. & p. p. {Writ}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Writing}.] [OE. writen, AS. wr[imac]tan; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to OS. wr[imac]tan to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten to tear, to rend, G. reissen, OHG. r[imac]zan, Icel. r[imac]ta to write, Goth. writs a stroke, dash, letter. Cf. {Race} tribe, lineage.] [1913 Webster]
     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves.                        --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              I chose to write the thing I durst not speak To her I loved.                       --Prior. [1913 Webster]

     3. Hence, to compose or produce, as an author. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

     4. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart. [1913 Webster]

     5. To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; -- often used reflexively. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Write \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. [1913 Webster]

              So it stead you, I will write,
              Please you command.                   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. To frame or combine ideas, and express them in written words; to play the author; to recite or relate in books; to compose. [1913 Webster]

              They can write up to the dignity and character of the authors.                          --Felton. [1913 Webster]

     4. To compose or send letters.
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              He wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm up into Jewry concerning their freedom. --1 Esdras iv. 49. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

190 Moby Thesaurus words for "write":
     adapt, arrange, assemble, author, book, bring to life, build, calendar, carve, cast, catalog, catch a likeness, chalk, chalk up, character, characterize, chart, check in, chronicle, coauthor, collaborate, communicate with, compose, compound, concoct, construct, copy, copy out, correspond, correspond with, create, cut, dash off, delineate, depict, describe, devise, diagram, docket, draft, draw, draw up, drop a line, edit, editorialize, elaborate, enface, engrave, engross, enroll, enscroll, enter, erect, evoke, evolve, exchange letters, express, extrude, fabricate, fashion, file, fill out, form, formulate, frame, free-lance, fudge together, get up, ghost, ghostwrite, give words to, grave, harmonize, hit off, impanel, incise, index, indite, inscribe, insert, instrument, instrumentate, jot, jot down, knock off, knock out, limn, list, log, make, make a memorandum, make a note, make a recension, make an adaptation, make an entry, make out, make up, manufacture, map, mark down, matriculate, mature, melodize, minute, mold, musicalize, notate, note, note down, novelize, orchestrate, outline, paint, pamphleteer, patch together, pen, pencil, picture, picturize, piece together, place upon record, poll, portray, post, post up, prefabricate, prepare, print, produce, push the pen, put down, put in writing, put on paper, put on tape, put to music, put together, put up, raise, rear, recense, record, reduce to writing, register, render, represent, revise, rewrite, rub, run up, scenarize, schematize, score, scratch, scrawl, scribble, scribe, scrive, scroll, send a note, set, set down, set forth, set to music, set up, shape, sketch, spill ink, spoil paper, superscribe, symbolize, tabulate, take a rubbing, take down, tape, tape-record, throw on paper, trace, trace out, trace over, transcribe, transpose, type, use the mails, videotape, whomp up, write down, write in, write out, write to, write up


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