verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; written or (Archaic) writ; writing.
to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means; inscribe:
Write your name on the board.
to express or communicate in ; give a written account of.
to fill in the blank spaces of (a printed form) with writing:
to write a check.
to execute or produce by setting down words, figures, etc.:
to write two copies of a letter.
to compose and produce in words or characters duly set down:
to write a letter to a friend.
to produce as author or composer:
to write a sonnet; to write a symphony.
to trace significant characters on, or mark or cover with writing.
to cause to be apparent or unmistakable:
Honesty is written on his face.
Computers. to transfer (information, data, programs, etc.) from storage to secondary storage or an output medium.
Stock Exchange. to sell (options).
verb (used without object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; written or (Archaic) writ; writing.
to trace or form characters, words, etc., with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means, or as a pen or the like does:
He writes with a pen.
to write as a profession or occupation: She writes for the Daily Inquirer.
to express ideas in writing.
to write a letter or letters, or communicate by letter:
Write if you get work.
to compose or work as a or author.
Computers. to write into a secondary storage device or output medium.
verb writes, writing, wrote, written
to draw or mark (symbols, words, etc) on a surface, usually paper, with a pen, pencil, or other instrument
to describe or record (ideas, experiences, etc) in writing
to compose (a letter) to or correspond regularly with (a person, organization, etc)
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to say or communicate by letter: he wrote that he was on his way
(transitive) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) to send a letter to (a person, etc)
to write (words) in cursive as opposed to printed style
(transitive) to be sufficiently familiar with (a specified style, language, etc) to use it in writing
to be the author or composer of (books, music, etc)
(transitive) to fill in the details for (a document, form, etc)
(transitive) to draw up or draft
(transitive) to produce by writing: he wrote ten pages
(transitive) to show clearly: envy was written all over his face
(transitive) to spell, inscribe, or entitle
(transitive) to ordain or prophesy: it is written
(transitive) to sit (an examination)
(intransitive) to produce writing as specified
(computing) to record (data) in a location in a storage device Compare read1 (sense 16)
(transitive) Compare underwrite (sense 3a)
Old English writan “to score, outline, draw the figure of,” later “to set down in writing” (class I strong verb; past tense wrat, past participle writen), from Proto-Germanic *writanan “tear, scratch” (cf. Old Frisian writa “to write,” Old Saxon writan “to tear, scratch, write,” Old Norse rita “write, scratch, outline,” Old High German rizan “to write, scratch, tear,” German reißen “to tear, pull, tug, sketch, draw, design”), outside connections doubtful. Words for “write” in most I.E languages originally mean “carve, scratch, cut” (cf. Latin scribere, Greek grapho, Sanskrit rikh-); a few originally meant “paint” (cf. Gothic meljan, Old Church Slavonic pisati, and most of the modern Slavic cognates).
For men use to write an evill turne in marble stone, but a good turne in the dust. [More, 1513]
To write (something) off (1680s) originally was from accounting; figurative sense is recorded from 1889. Write-in “unlisted candidate” is recorded from 1932.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. abbreviation 1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology originally M.I.T., abbreviation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, attested from 1892. Massachusetts Institute of Technology mitigating circumstance Massachusetts Institute of Technology
[mee-tuh] /ˈmi tə/ noun 1. a colonial system in Peru by which the Spanish government required Indians to perform periodic forced labor, especially in the mines.
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body (Massachusetts Institute of Technology artificial intelligence laboratory) Workplace of many famous AI researchers at MIT including GLS and RMS. (http://ai.mit.edu/). Address: 545 Technology Sq., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. (2003-02-28)
[mi-tan-ee] /mɪˈtæn i/ noun 1. the Hurrian kingdom in NW Mesopotamia in the 15th and 14th centuries b.c.