write [ raıt ] (past tense wrote [ rout ] ; past participle writ|ten [ `rıtn ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 create story/letter etc.
▸ 2 make words etc. with pen
▸ 3 create formal document
▸ 4 in computing
▸ 5 spell a word
▸ 6 when pen works
1. ) intransitive or 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.
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.
b ) intransitive or 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. ) intransitive or transitive to use a pen to make words, numbers, or symbols:
Emily is just learning to write.
Each person writes their own name.
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. ) transitive to create a formal document by writing:
I'll write you a check for the full amount.
4. ) transitive to create a computer program:
This program was written by students at Stanford University.
5. ) transitive to spell a word:
British people write color with a u.
6. ) intransitive a pen that does not write does not work:
My pen won't write. Can I borrow yours?
have something written all over your face
used for saying that the expression on your face shows what you are feeling or thinking:
Disappointment was written all over her face.
nothing/not anything to write home about
not very good:
The acting was very good but the music was nothing to write home about.
,write a`way phrasal verb intransitive
same as WRITE OFF 3:
We wrote away for a brochure.
,write `back phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to send a reply to someone who has sent you a letter:
We wrote back saying we would be happy to come.
,write `down phrasal verb transitive
to write something on a piece of paper:
Write down seven words that describe how you feel.
,write `in phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to write to an organization, for example because you want information about something:
I wrote in to the program to ask for more details.
2. ) transitive to add words or numbers that are missing from something:
Write in the letter that is missing from each word.
,write `into phrasal verb transitive
write something into something to include a particular feature in an official document such as a contract:
The right to withdraw is written into the agreement.
,write `off phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to say officially that someone does not have to pay an amount of money:
The U.S. government agreed to write off debts of $170 billion.
a ) to accept that you will not receive money you hoped someone would give back:
The money they have spent will have to be written off.
2. ) transitive to decide that someone or something will not succeed and stop giving them your attention and energy:
The first tests of the new microchip were written off as a failure.
3. ) write off or write away intransitive to write to an organization asking for something:
write off for: Why don't you write off for more details?
4. ) transitive to say that something is not worth anything, for example a machine used to make something:
After five years you can write the equipment off for tax.
5. ) transitive BRITISH to TOTAL a vehicle in an accident
,write `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to complete an official document by writing information on it:
It only takes a minute to write out a prescription.
2. ) to write something again, usually in a more complete form:
Could you write out exactly what you need me to do?
3. ) to remove a character from a television or radio series by writing stories that do not include them:
Ratings fell when the star was written out of the show.
,write `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to write a report, article, etc. using notes that you wrote earlier:
The police officers wrote up the accident at the station.
2. ) AMERICAN to report officially that someone has done something wrong:
The traffic cop wrote him up for speeding.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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