write-in

[ rahyt-in ]
/ ˈraɪtˌɪn /

noun

a candidate or vote for a candidate not listed on the printed ballot but written onto it by the voter: Write-ins may swing the election.

adjective

of, relating to, or for such a candidate or vote or a ballot so marked: a write-in campaign.

Origin of write-in

First recorded in 1930–35

Definition for write in (2 of 2)

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

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 forms

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

Can be confused

right rite wright write
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British Dictionary definitions for write in (1 of 2)

write in


verb (tr)

to insert in (a document, form, etc) in writing
(adverb) to write a letter to a company, institution, etc
(adverb) US
  1. to vote for (a person not on a ballot) by writing in his name
  2. to cast (a vote) for such a person by writing in his name

noun write-in US

the act of voting for a person by writing his name on a ballot
a candidate or vote that has been written in
(as modifier)a write-in campaign

British Dictionary definitions for write in (2 of 2)

write

/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written

Derived Forms

writable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with write in (1 of 2)

write in


1

Cast a vote by inserting a name not listed on the ballot, as in He asked them to write in his name as a candidate. [c. 1930]

2

Insert in a text or document, as in Please don't write in your corrections on the printed pages, but list them separately. [Late 1300s]

3

Communicate with an organization by mail, as in Listeners are being asked to write in their requests. [1920s]

Idioms and Phrases with write in (2 of 2)

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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