Write v. t. [imp. Wrote p. p. Written Archaic imp. & p. p. Writ p. pr. & vb. n. Writing.]
1. To set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to write figures.
2. To set down for reading; to express in legible or intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed; to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter.
Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves. --Shak.
I chose to write the thing I durst not speak
To her I loved. --Prior.
3. Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.
I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time within the memory of men still living. --Macaulay.
4. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart.
5. To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; -- often used reflexively.
He who writes himself by his own inscription is like an ill painter, who, by writing on a shapeless picture which he hath drawn, is fain to tell passengers what shape it is, which else no man could imagine. --Milton.
To write to, to communicate by a written document to.
Written laws, laws deriving their force from express legislative enactment, as contradistinguished from unwritten, or common, law. See the Note under Law, and Common law, under Common, a.
Writ·ten p. p. of Write, v.
v 1: produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote
four novels" [syn: compose, pen, indite]
2: communicate or express by writing; "Please write to me every
3: have (one's written work) issued for publication; "How many
books did Georges Simenon write?"; "She published 25 books
during her long career" [syn: publish]
4: communicate (with) in writing; "Write her soon, please!"
[syn: drop a line]
5: communicate by letter; "He wrote that he would be coming
6: write music; "Beethoven composed nine symphonies" [syn: compose]
7: mark or trace on a surface; "The artist wrote Chinese
characters on a big piece of white paper"
8: record data on a computer; "boot-up instructions are written
on the hard disk"
9: write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally
accepted form of (a word or part of a word); "He spelled
the word wrong in this letter" [syn: spell]
[also: wrote, written]
adj 1: set down in writing in any of various ways; "written
evidence" [ant: spoken]
2: systematically collected and written down; "written laws"
3: written as for a film or play or broadcast [syn: scripted]