v. wrote, writ•ten, writ•ing
1) to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.), esp. on paper, with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means:
Write your name on each page[/ex]
2) to express or communicate in writing:
He wrote that he would be visiting soon[/ex]
3) to communicate with by letter or note:
I write her every week[/ex]
4) to fill in the blank spaces of (a printed form) with writing:
to write a check[/ex]
5) to execute or produce by setting down words, figures, etc.:
to write two copies of a letter[/ex]
6) to produce as a written message:
to write a thank-you note[/ex]
7) to be the author or originator of; compose:
to write a sonnet[/ex]
8) to impress the marks or indications of:
Honesty is written on his face[/ex]
9) cmp to transfer (data, text, etc.) from computer memory to an output medium
10) to underwrite
11) to trace or form characters, words, etc., with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means, or as a pen or the like does:
He writes with a pen. My new pen writes beautifully[/ex]
12) to express ideas in writing
13) to write a letter or letters, or communicate by letter:
Write whenever you can[/ex]
14) to compose or work as a writer or author:
to write for a living[/ex]
15) phv write down
a) to set down in writing; record; note
b) to direct one's writing to a less intelligent reader or audience:
He writes down to the public[/ex]
16) cvb phv write in
a) gov to vote for (a candidate not listed on the ballot) by writing his or her name on the ballot
b) to include in or add to a text by writing:
Do not write in corrections on the galley[/ex]
c) to request something by mail:
If interested, please write in for details[/ex]
17) phv write off
a) to cancel (an unpaid or uncollectible debt)
b) to regard as worthless or irreparable; decide to forget:
to write off a bad experience[/ex]
c) to amortize:
The new equipment was written off in three years[/ex]
18) phv write out
a) to put into writing
b) to write in full form; state completely
c) to exhaust the capacity or resources of (oneself) by excessive writing:
another author who has written herself out[/ex]
19) phv write up
a) to put into writing, esp. in full detail:
Write up a report[/ex]
b) to present to public notice in a written description or account
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE wrītan, c. OS wrītan to cut, write, OHG rīzan, ON rīta

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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