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 out (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for write out (2 of 2)
verb writes, writing, wrote or written
Derived Formswritable, adjective
Word Origin for write
Idioms and Phrases with write out (1 of 2)
Express in writing, especially in full form. For example, Write out your request on this form, or No abbreviations allowed; you have to write everything out. [Mid-1500s]
write oneself out. Exhaust one's energies or abilities by writing too much, as in He's been doing a novel a year for ages, but now he's written himself out. [Early 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with write out (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.