writes; wrote/ˈroʊt/; written/ˈrɪtn̩/; writing writes; wrote/ˈroʊt/; written/ˈrɪtn̩/; writing
Learner's definition of WRITE
1 : to form letters or numbers on a surface with a pen, pencil, etc.
Please write your name at the top of each sheet.
Write the number as a decimal instead of as a fraction.
She wrote “tag sale” on the sign in big letters.
The note was written in blue ink.
I mistakenly wrote her name as “Gene” instead of “Jean.”
The verb “present” and the noun “present” are written [=spelled] alike but pronounced differently.
2 a : to create (a book, poem, story, etc.) by writing words on paper, on a computer, etc.
b : to produce (a written document, agreement, rule, etc.) by writing
She wrote hundreds of poems during her lifetime.
She wrote an essay comparing two poems.
I'm writing an article for the school newspaper.
He has written several best sellers.
— often + up c : to create (a piece of music) d : to create (a computer program)
She wrote [=drew up] a contract for me to sign.
I'll write you a receipt for your purchase.
I wrote (her) a check for $200.
I finally got around to writing [=drafting] a will.
3 : to express or state (something) in a book, story, essay, letter, etc.
Today's homework assignment is to write what you thought of the museum.
He wrote, “I love you and miss you.”
The reporter wrote that the strike might last through the weekend.
4 : to use the writing system of a language
[no object]: + in
5 : to communicate with someone by sending a letter, e-mail, etc.
[no object] — often + to
6 [no object] : to do the work of writing books, news articles, stories, etc. : to be a writer 7 [+ object], computers : to transfer (information) in a computer to a disk or other device 8 [no object], of a pen, pencil, etc. : to put marks on paper or another surface
have (something) written all over itinformal
: to show a certain characteristic very clearly
nothing to write home aboutinformal
write back[phrasal verb]
write back or write (someone) back
: to send someone a letter, e-mail, etc., in response to one that was sent to you
write down[phrasal verb]
write (something) down or write down (something)
: to write (something) on a piece of paper
write in[phrasal verb]
1 : to send a letter to a newspaper, a company, the government, etc., to express an opinion or to ask a question 2 write (something) in or write in (something) : to write (something) on a form 3 write (someone) inUS or write in (someone) : to vote for (someone who is not on the official list of candidates) by writing that person's name in a special place on the ballot
write into[phrasal verb]
write (something) into (something)
: to add (something new) to a contract, law, etc.
write off[phrasal verb]
write (something) off or write off (something)
1 a : to say officially that (money that is owed to you) will not be paid or does not need to be paid b : to take away (an amount) from the total amount that is used to calculate taxes 2 write (someone or something) off or write off (someone or something) : to consider (someone or something) to be lost, hopeless, unimportant, etc.
I had written off [=given up on] college because I couldn't afford to pay tuition.
I wrote her off as a friend. [=I decided that she was no longer my friend]
I wouldn't write off [=dismiss] the team just yet. The season still has a long way to go.
3 write off for (something)chiefly British : to make a request for (something) by sending a letter
write out[phrasal verb]
write (something) out or write out (something)
1 a : to put (something) in writing on a piece of paper b : to write the required information on (a check, receipt, etc.) 2 a write (someone) out of : to change a document (such as a will) so that (someone) is not included b write (someone) out of (something) or write out (someone) : to remove (a character) from a story by having the character die, disappear, etc.
write up[phrasal verb]
1 write (something) up or write up (something) : to describe (something) in a detailed written account 2 write (someone) upUS or write up (someone) : to produce an official document that reports (someone) to an authority to be punished
— see also write 2b (above)
write your own ticketinformal
◊ If you can write your own ticket, you can choose to do whatever you want or to go wherever you want because you have excellent or special skills or abilities.
wrote the book oninformal
— used to say that someone is an expert on a particular subject