Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) communicate or express by writing
  2. (verb, communication) record data on a computer
  3. (verb, communication) communicate (with) in writing
  4. (verb, communication) communicate by letter
  5. (verb, creation) mark or trace on a surface
    Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet
  6. (verb, creation) create code, write a computer program
  7. (verb, creation) produce a literary work
    He wrote four novels
  8. (verb, creation) write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
  9. (verb, creation) write music
  10. (verb, creation) have (one's written work) issued for publication
    She published 25 books during her long career

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Write

compose, drop a line, indite, pen, publish, save, spell

Origin of the word Write

  1. O.E. writan "to score, outline, draw the figure of," later "to set down in writing" (class I strong verb; past tense wrat, pp. writen), from P.Gmc. *writanan "tear, scratch" (cf. O.Fris. writa "to write," O.S. writan "to tear, scratch, write," O.N. rita "write, scratch, outline," O.H.G. rizan "to write, scratch, tear," Ger… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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