From Middle English writen, from Old English wrītan (“to incise, engrave, write, draw, bestow by writing”), 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”), Dutch rijten (“to rip, tear”), Low German wrieten, rieten (“to tear, split”), German reißen (“to tear, rip”), Swedish rita (“to draw, design, delineate, model”), Icelandic ríta (“to cut, scratch, write”), German ritzen (“to carve, scratch”).
write (third-person singular simple present writes, present participle writing, simple past wrote or (archaic) writ, past participle written or (archaic) writ)
- (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.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To be an author.
- I write for a living.
- (transitive, computing) To record (data) mechanically or electronically.
- The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.
- (transitive, South Africa, Canada, of a form, a document, etc.) To fill in, to complete using words.
- I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test.
to form letters, etc.
- Lithuanian: rašyti (lt)
- Lojban: ciska (jbo)
- Luganda: please add this translation if you can
- Low German: schrieven (nds)
- Macedonian: пишува (mk) (pišuva)
- Malay: tulis (ms)
- Malayalam: എഴുത്ത് (ml) (eḻutt)
- Maltese: tikteb (mt)
- Maori: please add this translation if you can
- Marathi: लिहिणें (mr)
- Mazanderani: please add this translation if you can
- Mirandese: screbir
- Mongolian: бичих (mn) (bíčih)
- Nahuatl: please add this translation if you can
- Navajo: akʼeńʼjiłchííh
- Nepali: please add this translation if you can
- North Frisian: schriwe
- Norwegian: skrive (no)
- Novial: please add this translation if you can
- Occitan: escriure (oc)
- Old Church Slavonic: пьсати (pĭsati)
- Old English: wrītan (ang)
- Old Norse: ríta
- Old Saxon: wrītan, skrīƀan
- Oriya: please add this translation if you can
- Oromo: please add this translation if you can
- Ossetic: фыссын (fyssyn)
- Pangasinan: please add this translation if you can
- Persian: نوشتن (fa) (naveštan, neveštan)
- Piedmontese: please add this translation if you can
- Polish: pisać (pl) impf., napisać (pl) pf.
- Portuguese: escrever (pt), redigir (pt)
- Punjabi: ਲਿਖਣਾ (pa)
- Romanian: scrie (ro)
- Romansch: scriver (rm), screiver (rm)
- Russian: писать (ru) (pisát’) impf., написать (ru) (napisát’) pf.
- Samoan: please add this translation if you can
- Sanskrit: लिख् (sa)
- Sardinian: iscri, iscribere (sc), iscriere (sc), iscriri (sc), iscrivere (sc), scriri (sc)
- Cyrillic: писати (sh)
- Roman: písati (sh)
- Sicilian: scrìviri (scn)
- Sinhalese: ලියනවා (si) (liyanavā)
- Slovak: písať (sk)
- Slovene: pisati (sl)
- Upper Sorbian: pisać (hsb)
- Sotho: ngola (st)
- Spanish: escribir (es)
- Swahili: kuandika (sw)
- Swedish: skriva (sv)
- Tagalog: sumulat (tl), isulat (tl)
- Tahitian: please add this translation if you can
- Tajik: навиштан (tg) (navištan)
- Tamil: எழுத்து (ta) (ezhuttu)
- Tatar: язарга (tt) (yazarga)
- Thai: เขียน (th) (kĭan), ขีด (th) (kèet)
- Tibetan: བྲིས (bo) (bris)
- Tok Pisin: rait (tpi), raitim (tpi)
- Tongan: please add this translation if you can
- Turkish: yazmak (tr)
- Turkmen: ýazmak (tk)
- Ukrainian: писати (uk) (pysáty)
- Urdu: لکھنا (ur) (likhnā)
- Uzbek: yozmoq (uz)
- Venetian: scrivar, scriver
- Vietnamese: viết (vi), ghi (vi)
- Welsh: ysgrifennu (cy)
- West Frisian: skriuwe (fy)
- Yiddish: שרײַבן (yi) (shraybn)
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Translations to be checked
write (plural writes)
- (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.