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indite

[ in-dahyt ]
/ ɪnˈdaɪt /
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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.

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Origin of indite

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English enditen, from Old French enditer, from unattested Vulgar Latin indictāre, derivative of Latin indīctus, past participle of indīcere “to announce, proclaim”; see in-2, dictum

OTHER WORDS FROM indite

in·dite·ment, nounin·dit·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH indite

indict, indite
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British Dictionary definitions for indite

indite
/ (ɪnˈdaɪt) /

verb (tr)

archaic to write
obsolete to dictate

Derived forms of indite

inditement, nouninditer, noun

Word Origin for indite

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

usage for indite

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