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 β€” 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 β€œto declare.” Even if you indite a really bad poem, critics won't indict you.

Definitions of indite

v produce a literary work

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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