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write

English

Etymology

Old English wrītan, from Proto-Germanic *writan, possibly from rītsan, rīzan, meaning to scratch or mark. Cognate with Dutch rijten, German ritzen, Norwegian rita

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Verb

Infinitive
to write

Third person singular
writes

Simple past
wrote or archaic, writ

Past participle
written

Present participle
writing

to write (third-person singular simple present writes, present participle writing, simple past wrote or archaic, writ, past participle written)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.
  2. (transitive) To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).
    My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To send a letter to.
    Please write me when you get there.
  4. (transitive) To show (information, etc) in written form.
    The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.
  5. (intransitive) To be an author.
    I write for a living.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To record (data) mechanically or electronicaly.
    The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.

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References

  • "write" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

write” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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