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verb write pronunciation in British English /raɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewriting
past tensewrote
past participlewritten
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to use a pen to make words, numbers, or symbols
    Emily is just learning to write.
    Write your full name in Box A.
    1. a.
      to put words on paper or some other surface
      write something on something: There were names written on the walls.
      write something in something: He was writing something in a notebook.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to create something such as a story or song by putting words together
    He ought to have enough stories to write a book.
    write about: He travelled around Mexico and wrote about his experiences.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to create things such as books as a job or for pleasure
      write for: She writes for a number of American fashion magazines.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to use words to create a letter or other message
      write something to someone: She’d written a letter to the newspaper to complain.
      write someone something: I sat down and wrote them an apology.
      write saying/asking etc something: She wrote asking what the place was like.
      write to say/express etc something: We are writing to express our concern regarding your report.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to create a formal document by writing
    write someone something: I’ll write you a cheque for the full amount.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to create a computer program
    This program was written by students at Stanford University.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to spell a word
    Americans write ‘colour’ without a ‘u’.
  6. 6
    [intransitive] a pen that does not write does not work
    My pen won’t write. Can I borrow yours?



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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