- ( UK, US ) enPR: rīt, IPA: /ɹaɪt/, X-SAMPA: /r\aIt/
- Rhymes: -aɪt
- Homophone: right, rite, wright
- ( ambitransitive ) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate .
- ( transitive ) To be the author of ( a book, article, poem, etc. ) .
- ( transitive ) To send written information to .
- ( transitive ) To show ( information, etc ) in written form .
- ( intransitive ) To be an author .
- ( transitive, computing ) To record ( data ) mechanically or electronically .
- ( transitive, South Africa, Canada, of a form, a document, etc. ) To fill in, to complete using words .
- ( form letters, words or symbols in order to communicate ): inscribe, scrawl ( indistinctly ), scribble ( quickly or imprecisely )
- ( be the author of ): author, pen
- ( send ( a letter ) to ): to post
- ( show ( information, etc ) in written form ): display, indicate, mark, show
- ( computing: store ( data ) ): save, store
- See also Wikisaurus:write
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” ) .