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verb     write pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewriting
past tensewrote
past participlewritten
  1. 1
    [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 traveled 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 someone:

      Don’t forget to write me.

      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.

  2. 2
    [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.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to create a formal document by writing
    write someone something:

    I’ll write you a check 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

    British people write “color” with a “u.”

  6. 6
    [intransitive] a pen that does not write does not work

    My pen won’t write. Can I borrow yours?

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