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”), 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: A Novel, 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.
- (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.
- (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
- To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; often used reflexively.
- 1649, [John] Milton, [Eikonoklastes] […], London: Printed by 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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- (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 Wiktionary: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, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- write in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Alternative form of
|Strong class 1|
|3rd singular past||wriet|
|indicative||present tense||past tense|
“write”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011