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Meaning of write by Wiktionary Dictionary

write


    Etymology

    From Middle English writen, from Old English wrītan ( “to incise, engrave, write, draw, bestow by writing” ), from Proto-Germanic *wrītanan ( “to carve, write” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey- ( “to rip, tear” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- ( “to rip, tear” ). Cognate with Dutch rijten ( “to rip, tear” ), Low German riten ( “to tear, split” ), German reißen ( “to tear, rip” ), Swedish rita ( “to draw, design, delineate, model” ), Icelandic ríta ( “to cut, scratch, write” ), German ritzen ( “to carve, scratch” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, US ) enPR: rīt, IPA: /ɹaɪt/, X-SAMPA: /r\aIt/
    • Rhymes: -aɪt
    • Homophone: right, rite, wright

    Verb

    write ( third-person singular simple present writes, present participle writing, simple past wrote or ( archaic ) writ, past participle written or ( archaic ) writ )

    A painting of a man writing.
    1. ( ambitransitive ) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate .
      The pupil wrote his name on the paper .
      Your son has been writing on the wall .
    2. ( transitive ) To be the author of ( a book, article, poem, etc. ) .
      My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald .
    3. ( transitive ) To send written information to .
      ( UK ) Please write to me when you get there .
      ( US ) Please write me when you get there .
    4. ( transitive ) To show ( information, etc ) in written form .
      The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus .
    5. ( intransitive ) To be an author .
      I write for a living .
    6. ( transitive, computing ) To record ( data ) mechanically or electronically .
      The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it .
    7. ( transitive, South Africa, Canada, of a form, a document, etc. ) To fill in, to complete using words .
      I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test .

    Synonyms

    Antonyms

    • ( computing: store ( data ) ): load, read, retrieve

    Noun

    write ( plural: writes )

    1. ( computing ) The operation of storing data, as in memory or onto disk .
      How many writes per second can this hard disk handle?

    See also

    • write in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • write in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Statistics

    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: merely · struck · man's · #650: write · caught · below · window

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