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 out (1 of 2)

write out


verb (tr, adverb)

to put into writing or reproduce in full form in writing
to exhaust (oneself or one's creativity) by excessive writing
to remove (a character) from a television or radio series

British Dictionary definitions for write out (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 out (1 of 2)

write out


1

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]

2

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)

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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