The verb indite, rarely used today, means "compose" or "put down in writing," like when you find a quiet place to sit down with your notebook and pen and indite a journal entry or a first draft of a short story.

To indite is to write something creative — you indite a letter, and jot a grocery list. Don't confuse indite with its homophone indict, which means "to charge with a crime." Both come from the Latin word dictare, meaning “to declare.” Even if you indite a really bad poem, critics won't indict you.

Definitions of indite
  1. verb
    produce a literary work
    synonyms: compose, pen, write
    publish, write
    have (one's written work) issued for publication
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    write a legal document or paper
    write lyrics for (a song)
    write about, write of, write on
    write about a particular topic
    write about
    write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
    write about in a paragraph
    write off
    write something fluently, and without hesitation
    dash off, fling off, knock off, scratch off, toss off
    write quickly
    rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose
    write copy
    write for commercial publications
    adopt, dramatise, dramatize
    put into dramatic form
    draft, outline
    draw up an outline or sketch for something
    poetise, poetize, verse, versify
    compose verses or put into verse
    be the author of
    annotate, footnote
    add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
    cite, reference
    refer to
    write out, write up
    put into writing; write in complete form
    write a script for
    write new lyrics for (a song)
    compose in poetic meter
    spondaise, spondaize
    make spondaic
    elegise, elegize
    compose an elegy
    compose a sonnet
    be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
    ghost, ghostwrite
    write for someone else
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    create verbally
    create with or from words
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