[ in-dahyt ]
/ ɪnˈdaɪt /

verb (used with object), in·dit·ed, in·dit·ing.

to compose or write, as a poem.
to treat in a literary composition.
Obsolete. to dictate.
Obsolete. to prescribe.

Origin of indite

1325–75; Middle English enditen < Old French enditer < Vulgar Latin *indictāre, derivative of Latin indīctus past participle of indīcere to announce, proclaim. See in-2, dictum

Related forms

in·dite·ment, nounin·dit·er, noun

Can be confused

indict indite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indite


/ (ɪnˈdaɪt) /

verb (tr)

archaic to write
obsolete to dictate

Derived Forms

inditement, nouninditer, noun

Word Origin for indite

C14: from Old French enditer, from Latin indīcere to declare, from in- ² + dīcere to say


Indite and inditement are sometimes wrongly used where indict and indictment are meant: he was indicted (not indited) for fraud
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