write

[ rahyt ]
/ raɪt /

verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

verb (used without object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

Verb Phrases


Nearby words

  1. writ of extent,
  2. writ of prohibition,
  3. writ of right,
  4. writ of summons,
  5. writable,
  6. write down,
  7. write in,
  8. write off,
  9. write one's own ticket,
  10. write out

Origin of write

before 900; Middle English writen, Old English wrītan; cognate with Old Saxon wrītan to cut, write, German reissen to tear, draw, Old Norse rīta to score, write

Related formsmis·write, verb (used with object), mis·wrote, mis·writ·ten, mis·writ·ing.

Can be confusedright rite wright write

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British Dictionary definitions for write

write

/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written


Derived Formswritable, adjective

Word Origin for write

Old English wrītan (originally: to scratch runes into bark); related to Old Frisian wrīta, Old Norse rīta, Old High German rīzan (German reissen to tear)

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Word Origin and History for write

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Idioms and Phrases with write

write

In addition to the idioms beginning with write

  • write down
  • write in
  • write off
  • write one's own ticket
  • write out
  • write up

also see:

  • nothing to write home about

Also see underwrote.

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