write ( writes 3rd person present) ( writing present participle) ( wrote past tense) ( written past participle )
1 verb When you write something on a surface, you use something such as a pen or pencil to produce words, letters, or numbers on the surface.
If you'd like one, simply write your name and address on a postcard and send it to us... V n adv/prep
They were still trying to teach her to read and write... V
He wrote the word `pride' in huge letters on the blackboard. V n
2 verb If you write something such as a book, a poem, or a piece of music, you create it and record it on paper or perhaps on a computer.
I had written quite a lot of orchestral music in my student days... V n
Finding a volunteer to write the computer program isn't a problem... V n
Thereafter she wrote articles for papers and magazines in Paris... V n for n
Jung Lu wrote me a poem once. V n n
3 verb Someone who writes creates books, stories, or articles, usually for publication.
Jay wanted to write... V
She writes for many papers, including the Sunday Times... V for n
4 verb When you writeto someone or write them a letter, you give them information, ask them something, or express your feelings in a letter. In American English, you can also write someone.
Many people have written to me on this subject... V to n
She had written him a note a couple of weeks earlier... V n n
I wrote a letter to the car rental agency, explaining what had happened... V n to n
Why didn't you write, call, anything?... V
He had written her in Italy but received no reply. V n
nothing to write home about
5 verb When someone writes something such as a cheque, receipt, or prescription, they put the necessary information on it and usually sign it.
Snape wrote a receipt with a gold fountain pen... V n
I'll write you a cheque in a moment. V n n, Also V n for n
Write out means the same as write., phrasal verb
We went straight to the estate agent and wrote out a cheque... V P n (not pron)
Get my wife to write you out a receipt before you leave. V n P n, Also V n P
6 verb If you writeto a computer or a disk, you record data on it. (COMPUTING)
You should write-protect all disks that you do not usually need to write to. V to/onto n, Also V, V n to/onto n
written write back phrasal verb If you write back to someone who has sent you a letter, you write them a letter in reply.
Macmillan wrote back saying that he could certainly help... V P
I wrote back to Meudon at once to fix up a meeting. V P to n write down phrasal verb When you write something down, you record it on a piece of paper using a pen or pencil.
On the morning before starting the fast, write down your starting weight... V P n (not pron)
Only by writing things down could I bring some sort of order to the confusion. V n P write in
1 phrasal verb If you write in to an organization, you send them a letter.
What's the point in writing in when you only print half the letter anyway?... V P
So there's another thing that you might like to write in to this programme about. V P to n
2 phrasal verb In the United States, if someone who is voting in an election writes in a person whose name is not on the list of candidates, they write that person's name on the voting paper and vote for him or her.
I think I'll write in Pat Wilson... V P n (not pron)
I'm going to write him in on my ballot next year. V n P
write-in write into phrasal verb If a rule or detail is written into a contract, law, or agreement, it is included in it when the contract, law, or agreement is made.
They insisted that a guaranteed supply of Chinese food was written into their contracts... be V-ed P n
I didn't write that into the rules but I don't think it's a bad idea. V n P n write off
1 phrasal verb If you write off to a company or organization, you send them a letter, usually asking for something.
He wrote off to the New Zealand Government for these pamphlets about life in New Zealand. V P to n, Also V P
2 phrasal verb If someone writes off a debt or an amount of money that has been spent on a project, they accept that they are never going to get the money back. (BUSINESS)
The president persuaded the West to write off Polish debts... V P n (not pron), Also V n P
3 phrasal verb If you write someone or something off, you decide that they are unimportant or useless and that they are not worth further serious attention.
He is fed up with people writing him off because of his age... V n P
His critics write him off as too cautious to succeed... V n P as n/adj
These people are difficult to write off as malingering employees. V P n (not pron) as n/adj
4 phrasal verb If someone writes off a vehicle, they have a crash in it and it is so badly damaged that it is not worth repairing.
John's written off four cars. Now he sticks to public transport... V P n (not pron)
One of Pete's friends wrote his car off there. V n P
5 phrasal verb If you write off a plan or project, you accept that it is not going to be successful and do not continue with it.
We decided to write off the rest of the day and go shopping... V P n (not pron)
The prices were much higher. So we decided to write that off... V n P
1 phrasal verb When you write out something fairly long such as a report or a list, you write it on paper.
We had to write out a list of ten jobs we'd like to do... V P n (not pron)
The application form is important. Sit down and write it out properly. V n P
2 phrasal verb If a character in a drama series is written out, he or she is taken out of the series.
When Angie was written out of `Eastenders' her character went to Spain to open a bar... be V-ed P of n, Also V n P
write 5 write up phrasal verb If you write up something that has been done or said, you record it on paper in a neat and complete form, usually using notes that you have made. He wrote up his visit in a report of over 600 pages... V P n (not pron) Mr Sadler conducted interviews, and his girlfriend wrote them up. V n P →
ghost-write ( ghost-writes 3rd person present) ( ghost-writing present participle) ( ghost-wrote past tense) ( ghost-written past participle ) , ghostwrite If a book or other piece of writing is ghost-written, it is written by a writer for another person, for example a politician or sportsman, who then publishes it as his or her own work. verb usu passive
Articles were ghost-written by company employees. be V-ed
write-in ( write-ins plural ) In the US, a write-in is a vote that you make by writing the candidate's name on the ballot paper. n-count also N n
When Republican write-ins were included, Johnson's margin of victory was only 330 votes...
write-off ( write-offs plural )
1 n-count Something such as a vehicle that is a write-off has been so badly damaged in an accident that it is not worth repairing.
The car was a write-off, but everyone escaped unharmed.
2 n-count A write-off is the decision by a company or government to accept that they will never recover a debt or an amount of money that has been spent on something.
Mr James persuaded the banks to accept a large write-off of debt.
3 n-sing If you describe a plan or period of time as a write-off, you mean that it has been a failure and you have achieved nothing.
INFORMAL Today was really a bit of a write-off for me...
write-up ( write-ups plural ) A write-up is an article in a newspaper or magazine, in which someone gives their opinion of something such as a film, restaurant, or new product. n-count usu with supp
The show received a good write-up..., The guide book contains a short write-up of each hotel.