Definition for wrote (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
Examples from the Web for wrote
“The institution of marraige [sic] is under attack in our society and it needs to be strengthened,” Bush wrote.
“Please, please do not permit this to happen here in Florida,” wrote Cris K. Smith of East Polk County.
“The U.S. Navy will attain IOC [initial operational capability] in 2018 with 3F software,” DellaVedova wrote.
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps, as Dwight Garner wrote, Steinberg just needed an idea for a book.
The statesman felt it; it put new vigor into the despatches he wrote and the measures he devised with regard to the slave-trade.The Personal Life Of David Livingstone|William Garden Blaikie
They wrote state-papers, went on embassies, and took the lead at town-meetings.
I wrote the one here in question, which met with general acceptance; and I do not remember that any one else competed.The Germ|Various
A common explanation is that the scribe mistook numerals in the MS. before him and wrote the wrong figures.Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda|Anonymous
He wrote a lot of letters this morning and put them in his dispatch-box.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for wrote (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wrote (2 of 2)
verb writes, writing, wrote or written
Word Origin for write
Word Origin and History for wrote
Old English writan "to score, outline, draw the figure of," later "to set down in writing" (class I strong verb; past tense wrat, past participle writen), from Proto-Germanic *writanan "tear, scratch" (cf. Old Frisian writa "to write," Old Saxon writan "to tear, scratch, write," Old Norse rita "write, scratch, outline," Old High German rizan "to write, scratch, tear," German reißen "to tear, pull, tug, sketch, draw, design"), outside connections doubtful. Words for "write" in most I.E languages originally mean "carve, scratch, cut" (cf. Latin scribere, Greek grapho, Sanskrit rikh-); a few originally meant "paint" (cf. Gothic meljan, Old Church Slavonic pisati, and most of the modern Slavic cognates).
For men use to write an evill turne in marble stone, but a good turne in the dust. [More, 1513]
To write (something) off (1680s) originally was from accounting; figurative sense is recorded from 1889. Write-in "unlisted candidate" is recorded from 1932.
Idioms and Phrases with wrote
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.