[ in-dahyt ]
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verb (used with object),in·dit·ed, in·dit·ing.
  1. to compose or write, as a poem.

  2. to treat in a literary composition.

  1. Obsolete. to dictate.

  2. Obsolete. to prescribe.

Origin of indite

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

Other words from indite

  • in·dite·ment, noun
  • in·dit·er, noun

Words that may be confused with indite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use indite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for indite


/ (ɪnˈdaɪt) /

  1. archaic to write

  2. obsolete to dictate

Origin of 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

Derived forms of indite

  • inditement, noun
  • inditer, noun

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