write

To write is to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. If you have trouble falling asleep, write down all the thoughts swimming around your head before getting into bed as a way to clear your mind.

Write is the modern day spelling of the Old English writan, meaning “to score, outline, draw the figure of.” Now it has the sense of “to set down in writing.” You can write music, a short story, or computer code. You can write a letter, or write in cursive. You can write up an account of a burglary, or write down your feelings in a journal. Write on!

Primary Meanings of write

1.
v
write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
2.
v
communicate or express by writing
3.
v
record data on a computer
4.
v
produce a literary work
Full Definitions of write
1

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

Synonyms:
spell
Types:
spell out
spell fully and without abbreviating
hyphen, hyphenate
divide or connect with a hyphen

v 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”
Types:
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dot
make a dot or dots
stenograph
write in shorthand
calligraph
write beautifully and ornamentally
cross
trace a line through or across
superscribe
write on the outside or upper part of
superscribe
write on the top or outside
capitalise, capitalize
write in capital letters
letter
mark letters on or mark with letters
print
write as if with print; not cursive
scrawl, scribble
write carelessly
copy
copy down as is
impress, print
reproduce by printing
letter
set down or print with letters
recopy
copy again
set, typeset
set in type
prove
take a trial impression of
misprint
print incorrectly
offset
produce by offset printing
copy out
copy very carefully and as accurately as possible
overprint, print over
print (additional text or colors) onto an already imprinted paper
cyclostyle
print with an implement with small toothed wheels that cuts small holes in a stencil
boldface
print in boldface
italicise, italicize
print in italics
Type of:
delineate, describe, draw, line, trace
make a mark or lines on a surface
2

v communicate or express by writing

“Please write to me every week”
Synonyms:
drop a line
communicate (with) in writing
Types:
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write in
write to an organization
style
make consistent with certain rules of style
apostrophise, apostrophize
use an apostrophe
rewrite
write differently; alter the writing of
sign, subscribe
mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
type, typewrite
write by means of a keyboard with types
handwrite
write by hand
jot, jot down
write briefly or hurriedly; write a short note of
scrabble, scribble
write down quickly without much attention to detail
get down, put down, set down, write down
put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
cut, issue, make out, write out
make out and issue
write up
bring to public notice by writing, with praise or condemnation
decipher, decode, decrypt
convert code into ordinary language
transcribe, transliterate
rewrite in a different script
transcribe
make a phonetic transcription of
transcribe
write out from speech, notes, etc.
notate
put into notation, as of music or choreography
revise
make revisions in
rubricate
sign with a mark instead of a name
shift
use a shift key on a keyboard
backspace
hit the backspace key on a computer or typewriter keyboard
double-space
type with a full space between lines
triple-space
type with two empty spaces between lines
touch-type
type without looking at the keyboard
dash down, dash off
write down hastily
note, take down
make a written note of
check
write out a check on a bank account
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v communicate by letter

“He wrote that he would be coming soon”
Synonyms:
drop a line
communicate (with) in writing
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v communicate (with) in writing

Write her soon, please!”
Synonyms:
drop a line
Type of:
correspond
exchange messages
3

v record data on a computer

“boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk”
Synonyms:
save
Types:
overwrite
write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data
Type of:
record, tape
register electronically

v create code, write a computer program

“She writes code faster than anybody else”
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
4

v produce a literary work

“He wrote four novels”
Synonyms:
compose, indite, pen
publish
have (one's written work) issued for publication
Types:
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draw
write a legal document or paper
lyric
write lyrics for (a song)
write about, write of, write on
write about a particular topic
profile
write about
paragraph
write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
paragraph
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
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
author
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
script
write a script for
relyric
write new lyrics for (a song)
metrify
compose in poetic meter
spondaise, spondaize
make spondaic
elegise, elegize
compose an elegy
sonnet
compose a sonnet
co-author
be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
ghost, ghostwrite
write for someone else
Type of:
create verbally
create with or from words

v have (one's written work) issued for publication

“How many books did Georges Simenon write?”
Synonyms:
publish
compose, indite, pen
produce a literary work
Type of:
create verbally
create with or from words

v write music

Synonyms:
compose
Types:
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counterpoint
write in counterpoint
set to music
write (music) for (a text)
arrange, set
adapt for performance in a different way
score
write a musical score for
melodise, melodize
supply a melody for
harmonise, harmonize
write a harmony for
instrument, instrumentate
write an instrumental score for
prearrange
arrange beforehand
put
adapt
transpose
put (a piece of music) into another key
reharmonise, reharmonize
provide with a different harmony
realise, realize
expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
orchestrate
write an orchestra score for
table, tabularise, tabularize, tabulate
arrange or enter in tabular form
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

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