write Definition

  • 1to form letters or words on a surface with a pen, pencil, or keyboard
  • 2to produce a text, document, or piece of literature by putting words on paper or typing them on a computer
  • 3to compose or create something, such as a song, poem, or story

Using write: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "write" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to write an essay for my English class.

  • Example

    She writes in her journal every night before bed.

  • Example

    He wrote a novel about his experiences during the war.

  • Example

    Please write your name and address on this form.

  • Example

    I'll write you a letter to explain everything.

write Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using write

  • a situation is clearly going to end badly or result in failure


    After the company lost its biggest client, the writing was on the wall for its future.

  • to make a written agreement or contract


    If you want to borrow money from me, we need to put it in writing first.

  • to be very skilled or experienced at doing something


    After years of practice, she has cooking down to a fine art.

Phrases with write

  • to cancel or dismiss something as unimportant or not worth pursuing


    The company decided to write off the project due to lack of funding.

  • write up

    to create a written account or report of something


    After the experiment was completed, the scientist wrote up the results in a research paper.

  • to respond to a letter or message that one has received


    I'm still waiting for my pen pal to write back to me.

Origins of write

from Old English 'wrītan', meaning 'to score, outline, draw the figure of'


Summary: write in Brief

To 'write' [raɪt] means to form letters or words on a surface, produce a text or document, or compose something. It can be done with a pen, pencil, or keyboard. Examples include 'I need to write an essay for my English class,' and 'He wrote a novel about his experiences during the war.' Phrases like 'write off' and idioms like 'the writing is on the wall' add nuance and context to the term.

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