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Write

Write appears in the following tongue twister:

  • There was a writer called Wright, he taught his son to write Wright right:
    "It's not right to write Wright 'Rite', please try to write Wright right!"
The word WRITE can be typed using only the top row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

Fun fact! The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Write is sometimes a misspelling of right or wrote.

The word write is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun write

What does write mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. [computing] The operation of storing data, as in memory or onto disk.

Definition of the verb write

What does write mean as a doing word?

Write is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
wrotewrittenwritingwrites

  1. produce a literary work
  2. communicate or express by writing
    • examples: They write them the information | They write the information to them
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]She lecturedVerbs of Communication: lecture, moralize, preach, rant, remark, speak, talk, testify, theorize
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]She lectured about traveling
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]She lectured about her travels
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]I explainedVerbs of Communication: show, teach, tell
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Wanda taught the students
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked him how he came | She told him how he did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Wanda asked me to present a new proposal
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]John informed me that his situation had changed | She told him that he should not go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]I asked him what he was doing | She told him what she was doing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked him what to do | She told him what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, not sentential clause]Wanda taught the students French
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]Wanda told me about climbing the mountain
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]I explained the matter
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]I explained the matter to them | They confessed it to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source]I explained from Simone de Beauvoir's essay on the Marquis de Sade
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]I explained to her how it can be done | They confessed to us how it happened
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I explained to her how to do it
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings
    • more specific terms:
  3. communicate (with) in writing
    • example: Write her soon, please!
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of write: drop a line
    • more generic word: correspond = exchange messages
  4. write music
    • example: Did he write his major works over a short period of time?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]I explained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Wanda taught the students
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked him how he came | She told him how he did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Wanda asked me to present a new proposal
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]John informed me that his situation had changed | She told him that he should not go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]I asked him what he was doing | She told him what she was doing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked him what to do | She told him what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, not sentential clause]Wanda taught the students French
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]Wanda told me about climbing the mountain
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]I explained the matter
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]I explained the matter to them | They confessed it to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source]I explained from Simone de Beauvoir's essay on the Marquis de Sade
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]I explained to her how it can be done | They confessed to us how it happened
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I explained to her how to do it

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): show, teach, tell.

    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of write: compose
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific terms:
  5. mark or trace on a surface
  6. record data on a computer
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Claire draws
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Claire drew me a picture
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Claire drew a picture
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Claire drew a picture for me

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): draw, paint, spin.

    • domain: computer science / computing
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of write: save
    • more generic words: record / tape = register electronically
    • more specific word: overwrite = write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data
  7. write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribbling
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme]The jeweler printed the name | The secretary transcribed the speech
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The jeweler printed the name on the ring | The secretary transcribed the speech into the record

      Image Creation Verbs (with the same syntax): carve, chalk, charcoal, copy, crayon, doodle, draw, forge, ink, misspell, paint, pencil, plot, print, scratch, scrawl, scribble, sketch, spell, stencil, trace, type.

    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of write: spell
    • more specific terms:
  8. create code, write a computer program
    • example: She writes code faster than anybody else
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic terms: create by mental act / create mentally = create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

Alternative definition of the verb write

verb

  1. [ambitransitive] To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.
  2. [transitive] To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).
  3. [transitive] To send written information to.
  4. [transitive] To show (information, etc) in written form.
  5. [intransitive] To be an author.
  6. [transitive, computing] To record (data) mechanically or electronically.
  7. [South Africa, Canada, of a form, a document, etc.] To fill in, to complete using words.

Explanation

  1. The write system call is one of the most basic routines provided by the kernel. It writes data, in bytes as specified by the caller, from a buffer declared by the user in the program and then writes it into the file supplied by the calling process. In most modern operating systems, a program that needs to write data to a file stored in a filesystem uses the Write system call. The file is identified by the file descriptor that is obtained from a previous call to open.
  2. write can refer to several Unix commands. All known variations of write are used to write messages to another user. The most popular variation sends a message directly to another user's TTY.
  3. Write a.k.a. Write!: Minimalist word processor that increases productivity and makes work with text more effective. It supports markdown syntax, cloud integration, multiple file formats and more.
    • developer: HamsterCoders
    • genres: Productivity, Writing, Productivity software, Text editor, Software as a service, Markdown, Word processor, Cloud computing, A Distraction-Free Writing Environment, Minimalist program, Full-screen writing program
    • license: Free software
    • released in
    • official website: wri.tt
  4. Write is a software.

Phrases with Write

Phrases starting with the word Write:

  1. write in
  2. write of
  3. write on
  4. write up
  5. write-in
  6. write-up
  7. write off
  8. write out
  9. write-off
  10. write copy
  11. write down
  12. Write Head
  13. Write Once
  14. write-down
  15. Write-Only
  16. write about
  17. write in code
  18. Write Home About

Other phrases containing the word Write:

  1. tax write-off
  2. read/write head

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Write

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Google previewEnglish Grammar with Chapters on Composition, Versification, Paraphrasing, and Punctuation (1887)

by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn

Here to write is a present infinitive, and is the nominative to is. (It must not be forgotten that the oldest...

Here to write is the gerumlial infinitive ; it is in the dative case; and the O.E. form was to writanne. Here the to has a distinct meaning. This is ...

Google previewNew Grammar of the English Tongue (1887)

by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn

Here to write is a present infinitive, and is the nominative to is. (It must not be forgotten that the oldest...

Here to write is the gerundial infinitive ; it is in the dative case; and the O.E. fonn was to writanne. Here the to has a distinct meaning. This is ...

Google previewThe English Language (1887)

Its Grammar, History and Literature by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn

Here to write is a present infinitive, and is the nominative to is, (It must not be forgotten that the oldest infinitive had no to, and that it still exists...

Google previewThe English Language: Its Grammar, History, and Literature (1886)

With Chapters on Composition, Versification, Paraphrasing, and Punctuation by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn

Here to write is a present infinitive, and is the nominative to is. (It must not be forgotten that the oldest...

Here to write is the gerundial infinitive ; it is in the dative case; and the O.E. form was to writanne. Here the to has a distinct meaning. This is ...

Google previewEnglish Grammar (1901)

With Chapters on Composition, Versification, Paraphrasing, and Punctuation by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn

Here to write is a present infinitive, and is the nominative to is. (It must not be forgotten that the oldest...

Google previewThe Mountain and the Valley (2011)

by Ernest Buckler

David’s desire to write is the secret that gives this haunting story its detailed focus and its poignant theme.

Google previewEntick's New Spelling Dictionary (1791)

Teaching to Write and Pronounce the English Tongue with Ease and Propriety, in Wich Each Word is Accented According to Its Just and Natural Pronunciation ... with a List of Proper Names of Men and Women ..., Towich is Prefixed a Gammatical Introduction to the English Tongue by John Entick, William Crakelt

Teaching to Write and Pronounce the English Tongue with Ease and Propriety, in Wich Each Word is Accented According to Its Just and Natural Pronunciation...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Acronyms, Initialisms, Abbreviations and Symbols (2003)

by Fioretta. Benedetto Mattia

R/W; RW Read/ Write. Computers. RW, R.W. Right of Way. Road Traffic. RW Rubbery Wood. RW Rwanda.

Google previewThe Computer and Information Science and Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary (1994)

by David W. South

wait; weight; week; wide; width; word; write W Watt; Work (Symbol); Energy ( Symbol for); West; Width; Wolfram [or Tungsten] (Symbol for); Wait Time; Wait State W&C Write and Compute W-DCS Wideband Digital Cross-Connect Signal W/E ...

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Usage statistics about write

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb write:

spoken English52.17%written English47.83% conversational speech40.17%task-oriented speech59.83% imaginative writing44.2%informational writing55.8%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb write:

penspellcomposesavewrite

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Quotes about Write

Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy. (Charles Peters)
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Scrabble value of W4R1I1T1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of WRITE

What do you get if you rearrange the letters?

  • TWIER
  • TWIRE

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