Origin of write-in
Definition for write in (2 of 2)
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.
- to set down in writing; record; note.
- to direct one's writing to a less intelligent reader or audience: He writes down to the public.
- to vote for (a candidate not listed on the ballot) by writing his or her name on the ballot.
- to include in or add to a text by writing: Do not write in corrections on the galley.
- to request something by mail: If interested, please write in for details.
- to cancel an entry in an account, as an unpaid and uncollectable debt.
- to regard as worthless, lost, obsolete, etc.; decide to forget: to write off their bad experience.
- to amortize: The new equipment was written off in three years.
- to put into writing.
- to write in full form; state completely.
- to exhaust the capacity or resources of by excessive writing: He's just another author who has written himself out.
- to put into writing, especially in full detail: Write up a report.
- to present to public notice in a written description or account.
- Accounting. to make an excessive valuation of (an asset).
Origin of write
Related formsmis·write, verb (used with object), mis·wrote, mis·writ·ten, mis·writ·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for write in (1 of 2)
- to vote for (a person not on a ballot) by writing in his name
- to cast (a vote) for such a person by writing in his name
noun write-in US
British Dictionary definitions for write in (2 of 2)
verb writes, writing, wrote or written
Derived Formswritable, adjective
Word Origin for write
Idioms and Phrases with write in (1 of 2)
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]
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]
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)
In addition to the idioms beginning with write
- write down
- write in
- write off
- write one's own ticket
- write out
- write up
- nothing to write home about
Also see underwrote.