What does Write mean?

Definitions for Write

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Write.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. write, compose, pen, inditeverb

    produce a literary work

    "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"

  2. writeverb

    communicate or express by writing

    "Please write to me every week"

  3. publish, writeverb

    have (one's written work) issued for publication

    "How many books did Georges Simenon write?"; "She published 25 books during her long career"

  4. write, drop a lineverb

    communicate (with) in writing

    "Write her soon, please!"

  5. writeverb

    communicate by letter

    "He wrote that he would be coming soon"

  6. compose, writeverb

    write music

    "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"

  7. writeverb

    mark or trace on a surface

    "The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper"; "Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"

  8. write, saveverb

    record data on a computer

    "boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk"

  9. spell, writeverb

    write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)

    "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"

  10. writeverb

    create code, write a computer program

    "She writes code faster than anybody else"


  1. writenoun

    The operation of storing data, as in memory or onto disk.

    How many writes per second can this hard disk handle?

  2. writeverb

    To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.

  3. writeverb

    To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).

    My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.

  4. writeverb

    To send written information to.

  5. writeverb

    To show (information, etc) in written form.

    The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.

  6. writeverb

    To be an author.

    I write for a living.

  7. writeverb

    To record (data) mechanically or electronically.

    The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.

  8. writeverb

    To fill in, to complete using words.

    I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test.

  9. Etymology: From writen, from writan, from wrītanan, from wrei-. Cognate with Dutch rijten, riten, German reißen, rita, ríta, ritzen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To WRITEverb

    preterite writ or wrote; part. pass. written, writ, or wrote.

    Etymology: writan, awritan , Saxon; ad rita, Islandick; wreta, a letter, Gothick.

    I’ll write you down,
    The which shall point you forth, at every sitting,
    What you must say. William Shakespeare.

    Men’s evil manners live in brass, their virtues we write in water. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    When a man hath taken a wife, and she find no favour in his eyes, then let him write her a bill of divorcement. Deut.

    Write ye this song for you, and teach it Israel. Deut. xxxi.

    David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by Uriah. 2 Sa. xi.

    The time, the place, the manner how to meet,
    Were all in punctual order plainly writ. Dryden.

    Cain was so fully convinced that every one had a right to destroy such a criminal, that he cries out, every one that findeth me shall slay me; so plain was it writ in the hearts of all mankind. John Locke.

    When more indulgent to the writer’s ease,
    You are so good, to be so hard to please;
    No such convulsive pangs it will require
    To write —— the pretty things that you admire. George Granville.

    I chose to write the thing I durst not speak
    To her I lov’d. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Writeverb

    I have seen her rise from her bed, take forth paper, fold it, and write upon’t. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Bassanio gave his ring away
    Unto the judge that begg’d it; and his clerk,
    That took some pains in writing, he begg’d mine. William Shakespeare.

    Hearts, tongues, figures, scribes, bards, poets, cannot
    Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number
    His love to Antony. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    There is not a more melancholy object in the learned world than a man who has written himself down. Addison.

    I past the melancholy flood,
    With that grim ferryman which poets write of. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    He wrote for all the Jews, concerning their freedom. 1 Esdr.

    About it, and write happy when thou’st done. William Shakespeare.

    Let it not your wonder move,
    Less your laughter that I love;
    Though I now write fifty years,
    I have had, and have my peers. Ben Jonson.

    He writes himself divina providentia, whereas other bishops only use divina permissione. John Ayliffe.

    Chaste moral writing we may learn from hence,
    Neglect of which no wit can recompence;
    The fountain which from Helicon proceeds,
    That sacred stream, should never water weeds. Edmund Waller.

    They can write up to the dignity and character of their authors. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.


  1. write

    Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Writeverb

    to set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to write figures

  2. Writeverb

    to set down for reading; to express in legible or intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed; to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter

  3. Writeverb

    hence, to compose or produce, as an author

  4. Writeverb

    to impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart

  5. Writeverb

    to make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; -- often used reflexively

  6. Writeverb

    to form characters, letters, or figures, as representative of sounds or ideas; to express words and sentences by written signs

  7. Writeverb

    to be regularly employed or occupied in writing, copying, or accounting; to act as clerk or amanuensis; as, he writes in one of the public offices

  8. Writeverb

    to frame or combine ideas, and express them in written words; to play the author; to recite or relate in books; to compose

  9. Writeverb

    to compose or send letters

  10. Etymology: [OE. writen, AS. wrtan; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to OS. wrtan to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten to tear, to rend, G. reissen, OHG. rzan, Icel. rta to write, Goth. writs a stroke, dash, letter. Cf. Race tribe, lineage.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Write

    rīt, v.t. to form letters with a pen or pencil: to express in writing: to compose: to engrave: to record: to communicate by letter.—v.i. to perform the act of writing: to be employed as a clerk: to compose books: to send letters: to practise the art of writing: to work as an author: to compose a letter:—pr.p. wrī′ting; pa.t. wrōte; pa.p. writ′ten.ns. Wrī′ter, one who writes: a professional scribe or clerk: an ordinary legal practitioner in Scotch country towns: an author: a petty officer in the United States navy who keeps the watch-muster and other books of the ship—usually Ship-writer:—fem. Wrī′teress (rare); Wrī′ter's-cramp (see Cramp); Wrī′tership, the office of a writer; Wrī′ting, the forming letters with a pen or pencil: that which is written: literary production; Wrī′ting-book, a book of paper for practising penmanship; Wrī′ting-case, a portable case containing materials for writing; Wrī′ting-cham′ber, a room fitted for writing: a law office; Wrī′ting-desk, a desk with a sloping top for writing upon: a portable writing-case; Wrī′ting-ink, ink suited for writing with; Wrī′ting-mas′ter, a master who teaches the art of penmanship: the yellow-bunting; Wrīting-pā′per, paper finished with a smooth surface, for writing upon; Wrī′ting-school, a school for penmanship; Wrī′ting-tā′ble, a table fitted or used for writing upon.—adj. Writ′ten, reduced to writing—opposed to Oral.—Writers to the Signet, an ancient society of solicitors in Scotland who formerly had the exclusive right to prepare all summonses and other writs pertaining to the supreme court of justice, and still have the exclusive privilege of preparing crown writs, which include all charters, precepts, and writs from the sovereign or prince of Scotland.—Write down, to put down in written characters: to condemn in writing; Write off, to cancel by an entry on the opposite side of the account; Write out, to transcribe: to exhaust one's mental capacity by too much writing; Write up, to put a full description of in writing: to praise something in writing above its merits. [A.S. wrítan; Ice. ríta; the original meaning being 'to scratch' (cf. the cog. Ger. reissen, to tear).]

Editors Contribution

  1. write

    To create language using words, letters, symbols and characters that have meaning.

    He did write a letter to the council expressing his gratitude for their excellent work.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

  2. write

    To register data on a computer, app, software, laptop, server, network, internet, website or webpage.

    The computer memory has a read write function.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020  

  3. write

    To use a crayon, pen or pencil to create language, letters, characters or symbols.

    The children love to write their name in the classroom.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 6, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WRITE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Write is ranked #85357 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Write surname appeared 219 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Write.

    58.9% or 129 total occurrences were White.
    31.9% or 70 total occurrences were Black.
    4.1% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.1% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Write' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1103

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Write' in Written Corpus Frequency: #447

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Write' in Verbs Frequency: #51

Anagrams for Write »

  1. twier

  2. twire

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Write in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Write in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Write in a Sentence

  1. June Deery:

    It is easier to satirize and laugh at the vulgarity and extroversion of the nouveau riche than at the restraint of old money perhaps, it certainly seems like the Real Housewives are often set up to be mocked. Yet some viewers still write online about admiring them, envying them, almost worshipping them.

  2. Julia Pollak:

    Make sure Marlo Lyons materials... are very computer readable -- they don't have fancy tables and have crazy formatting, a lot of people make mistakes by being too fancy and they stop themselves from getting through the first hoop because they don't write a resume that is readable by robots.

  3. Bernard Rollin:

    In some ways, there's a big debate about whether you should adopt a puppy or an older dog, and there are advantages to both. If you adopt a puppy, you've got to housebreak, you have to train, et cetera. On the other hand, you get to mold that dog a little bit more, when you adopt an adult dog, you're getting a package you don't necessarily know what's inside, but you don't have to house train and so forth, and a lot of shelters have the previous owner write up a detailed account of that dog.

  4. Rob Williams:

    DFID does not even count how much of our overseas aid budget is spent on keeping them safe from rape and recruitment into armed forces, or making sure that they can learn to at least read and write, the result is that even in the relative stability of refugee camps in Jordan, less than half of Syrian refugee children get an hour or two of schooling per day. The failure to protect and educate children fleeing conflict undermines the value of the rest of our aid efforts.

  5. Toni Morrison:

    I know how to write forever. I don't think I could have happily stayed here in the world if I did not have a way of thinking about it, which is what writing is for me. It's control. Nobody tells me what to do. It's mine, it's free, and it's a way of thinking. It's pure knowledge.

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