Definition of write in English:

write

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Mark (letters, words, or other symbols) on a surface, typically paper, with a pen, pencil, or similar implement.

    ‘he wrote his name on the paper’
    ‘Alice wrote down the address’
    [no object] ‘he wrote very neatly in blue ink’
    • ‘I rolled my eyes and wrote another word on the paper.’
    • ‘I have always been wondering why nobody ever wrote down what you did.’
    • ‘The other two dutifully got out pencil and paper and wrote numbers one to ten down the side.’
    • ‘Words were then written lengthwise along the baton, one letter on each revolution of the strip.’
    • ‘The head waitress asked Peter to write the word on a piece of paper.’
    • ‘Longson walked up, took a pencil, and wrote down a name on the piece of paper, folded it, and handed it to Bradley.’
    • ‘She led him to a clearing where a group of shaman chanted around a fire writing strange symbols in the smoke.’
    • ‘The wizard wrote a symbol onto the tiny parchment and tossed it into the center of their small circle.’
    • ‘More importantly, there are words written beneath the pictures in the heading.’
    • ‘I lay there, watching discreetly, pencil firmly in hand, but not writing a single word.’
    • ‘If you don't have pieces of paper or placards, write these words on your hands and on your faces.’
    • ‘He faithfully wrote every word on the palm of his hand.’
    • ‘I folded a large piece of paper in half and wrote the words they told me on the left side.’
    • ‘The following words were written on a strip of paper I found on the floor at work today.’
    • ‘This is exchanged for a slip of paper on which the artist has written the words ‘received with thanks’.’
    • ‘To prove it, she wrote the first word on the paper.’
    • ‘Mr. Hiniky pulled a yellow slip of paper from a drawer, then wrote a few words on it before handing it to Alex.’
    • ‘Logan, still smiling humorously at him, took out a piece of paper and pencil and wrote down everything he asked for and more.’
    • ‘From this time on he lectured sitting down while a student wrote on the blackboard for him.’
    • ‘In contrast to the full page of notebook paper the words were written on, what was said was short.’
    put in writing, write down, put down, put in black and white, commit to paper, jot down, note, note down, make a note of, set down, take down, mark down, record, register, log, list, make a list of, inscribe, sign, scribble, scrawl, pencil
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    1. 1.1[no object]Have the ability to mark coherent letters or words.
      ‘he couldn't read or write’
      • ‘Even if a parent can't read or write themselves, they should put any personal embarrassment about their own literacy problems to one side and ensure that their child learns the skills.’
      • ‘There's no theory, so a simple ability to read and write is all you need.’
      • ‘For example, a child who found it difficult to read or write without making mistakes might have the ability to sing or dance quite well.’
      • ‘Figures published last week showed alarming gaps in children's ability to read and write.’
      • ‘The ability to read and write is the measure usually taken as a key indicator of a country's economic and social advancement.’
      • ‘As we get older we learn to read and write and hopefully pronounce the words correctly in whatever language we are raised.’
      • ‘The school has been awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark for reading, writing, spelling and number work.’
      • ‘It is clear that higher education is a sector predicated upon the ability to read and write accurately.’
      • ‘These articles remind readers that literacy means the ability to both read and write as the latter is often forgotten.’
      • ‘Literate peasants might find themselves on trial as much for their ability to read and write as for the uses to which they put this knowledge.’
      • ‘Thereafter, lacking the ability to read and write, they were unable to cope with an education that assumed the existence of these skills.’
      • ‘The majority of people stake claim based on their ability to read and write; they find it difficult to speak in English.’
      • ‘A stroke can affect your ability to read and write and even if you can talk, sometimes the words don't come out in the correct order.’
      • ‘Around 5 million people in the UK can't read or write.’
      • ‘There are still people leaving school without the ability to read or write.’
    2. 1.2Fill in or complete (a sheet, cheque, or similar)
      ‘he had to write a cheque for £800’
      • ‘I refuse to write a cheque for so small a sum when I can avoid it.’
      • ‘Apparently you can write cheques on anything, with anything.’
      • ‘The moral of this story is: only write the cheques you can cash that day.’
      • ‘If you pay on a normal credit bill and write a cheque or pay by giro, you can save up to a maximum of 13 per cent if you change to direct debit.’
      • ‘When you write a cheque, you are drawing on your creditworthiness at a bank.’
      • ‘The defendant then says he told the husband immediately after writing the cheques.’
      • ‘Some leading business figures are not content with writing cheques when it comes to charity and prefer a more hands on approach.’
      • ‘My mother has never paid a bill, written a cheque or drawn money from the bank in her life.’
      • ‘I just wrote the cheque for the Professional Legal Studies course.’
      • ‘The President got his chequebook out and wrote a cheque for $100.’
      • ‘Many people have been handing over money and writing cheques to local branches of charities across the region.’
      • ‘‘I have never written a cheque for my phone bill, it is paid by direct debit,’ he said.’
      • ‘However, last month I wrote a cheque on this account for £5 to my credit-card company, for which funds were available.’
      • ‘We find lawyers, work with them to find expert witnesses, and write cheques.’
      • ‘Imagine you could write cheques that were accepted as payment but never cashed.’
      • ‘The business just writes a cheque for child support, for the student loan, for all those bits and pieces, and the payroll agent deals with the paperwork.’
      • ‘The cheque was written, but obviously no one from the branch checked the details on the cheque.’
      • ‘But when he couldn't find anyone willing to part with their cash, he just wrote the cheques himself.’
      • ‘So I wrote another cheque that underwent scrutiny for 5 more minutes.’
      • ‘I was invited to sit down and was immediately told who to write my cheque out to with a laminated sheet of details and conditions.’
    3. 1.3South African, Canadian Take (an exam or test)
      ‘I wrote Prof. Weldon's Middle English exam last week’
      • ‘Hopefully that luck is with them when they write their final exams.’
      • ‘Now that students have finished writing their exams, many took time over the weekend to register to vote.’
      • ‘I wrote my English exam today, so it was nice to get that out of the way.’
      • ‘I wrote my first exam, English, on the following Monday, glad I had studied as much as I had.’
      • ‘A student writing an exam could hide a small FM receiver and earpiece under long hair.’
    4. 1.4[no object]Write in a cursive hand, as opposed to printing individual letters.
      • ‘A single note on pristine white paper and written in a highly cursive hand lay on the pillow.’
      • ‘It was a small white envelope, his address written with golden cursive penmanship.’
      • ‘It was complete with a neon sign of a sliver of a moon, with the name written in glowing blue cursive over it.’
      • ‘I picked it up and was mildly surprised to see my name written in perfect cursive across the front.’
      • ‘I looked for a card to give a clue as to who it may be for but I found one with only my name written in cursive.’
  • 2Compose, write, and send (a letter) to someone.

    ‘I wrote a letter to Alison’
    [with two objects] ‘I wrote him a short letter’
    [no object] ‘he wrote almost every day’
    ‘Eleanor wrote to her sister Laura in Paris’
    • ‘I wrote letters to my mother and she sent me recipes.’
    • ‘Laura reached over for her paper and pen and then began to write a letter to send to her father who lived in Tokyo.’
    • ‘That night she finished writing her short letter to James and copied her poem to him onto the same sheet of paper.’
    • ‘He wrote back saying he was very optimistic that things would change.’
    • ‘He wrote letters and he sent them through a talk show producer and asked the talk show producer to get it to a family member.’
    • ‘So I wrote the letter and sent it that evening before I went to bed.’
    • ‘Connie was very grateful and wrote a letter from her bed and asked Timmy to send it for her on his next visit.’
    • ‘We need to distribute leaflets, write letters, send faxes, talk to people, get the message across and change opinions.’
    • ‘He was sent to prison, where he wrote a letter about his plight to the New York Citizen newspaper.’
    • ‘Margaret wrote back saying that I should bring it up in class and acknowledge my feelings.’
    • ‘It is impossible to write an honest letter to somebody who may send it on to a third party.’
    • ‘Usually, all you need to do is send e-mail or write a letter to the company.’
    • ‘Over 80 per cent also sent in comments, with many writing additional letters.’
    • ‘I even wrote to the paper explaining these errors but they never wrote back and I'm still waiting for their reply.’
    • ‘They wrote letters and sent circulars, mailing seventeen bushels of material relating to the fair on one day alone.’
    • ‘I wrote to him just to say what a great job he was doing and how proud to be a New Zealander he made me, and he took the trouble to write a lovely letter back.’
    • ‘Once she wrote back telling of an unbelievable class she had in Australia.’
    • ‘He wrote back saying he loved the song and found nothing objectionable in it.’
    • ‘I wrote back and I also wrote to her headmaster, whose name appeared on the school letterhead, at a PO box.’
    • ‘He decided to write a letter of his own and to send regards from his crew.’
    correspond, write a letter, communicate, get in touch, keep in touch, keep in contact
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    1. 2.1North American Write and send a letter to.
      ‘Mother wrote me and told me about poor Simon's death’
      • ‘Shortly after that visit home, she wrote me to ask if she could borrow $250.’
      • ‘We met because I took out her best friend, and she wrote me to tease me about it.’
      • ‘Next morning he wrote her to come.’
    2. 2.2[no object]Write to an organization, newspaper, etc. with a question, suggestion, or opinion.
      ‘write in with your query’
      • ‘Thanks to all those who heard about my new gig, and wrote in with their best wishes.’
      • ‘What about everyone who enjoyed his work and never wrote in because they never felt it necessary?’
      • ‘I'd like to thank the couples who wrote in for clearing that up for me.’
      • ‘A number of readers wrote in to ask if I could provide a link for the article in question.’
      • ‘It is a situation which has compelled me to write in to your publication to voice my opinion.’
      • ‘Local residents can write in with their opinions and speak for up to five minutes at the meeting.’
      • ‘People are entitled to their opinion and write in to us on a regular basis.’
      • ‘A meeting was held at the school and parents were invited to write in with suggestions for alternative names.’
      • ‘Thanks to everyone who wrote in asking if everything was all right.’
      • ‘A number of our precious readers wrote in saying they didn't believe it was him.’
      • ‘I suggest we get as many people as possible to write in with a response so the paper knows it has boobed.’
      • ‘This did not please one correspondent who wrote in to tick me off.’
      • ‘As regards the framing, lots of people wrote in with similar suggestions.’
      • ‘Another task is the keeping of a record of people who wrote in for favours and of favours received.’
      • ‘After each new edition, hundreds write in with suggestions and the occasional correction.’
      • ‘And please, before anyone writes in to suggest that we condone acts of violence, be quite clear, we do not.’
      • ‘Thanks especially to all of you who wrote in with your kind words and your criticism.’
  • 3Compose (a text or work) for written or printed reproduction or publication; put into literary form and set down in writing.

    ‘she wrote a bestselling novel’
    ‘I didn't know you wrote poetry’
    [no object] ‘he wrote under a pseudonym’
    ‘he had written about the beauty of Andalusia’
    • ‘The lyrics were written by poets of great literary stature.’
    • ‘Aside from his published books, he wrote articles which bristled with wit.’
    • ‘In the process he made some of the most beautiful poems ever written in the English language.’
    • ‘I was so impressed - a novel written in English about the Geisha world.’
    • ‘During the nineteenth century almost all poets wrote poetry in dramatic form.’
    • ‘Not content with just voicing his creativity through music, Enik has also commenced writing a book of poetry.’
    • ‘Apart from being a reporter and magazine editor, he wrote literary works that were famous in Japan.’
    • ‘During his lifetime Blake wrote many volumes of poetry and religious philosophy, and was an accomplished artist and engraver.’
    • ‘Such fiction seems to be almost entirely translated from novels originally written in English.’
    • ‘We know he was interested in American literature, for he wrote an essay each on Whitman and Thoreau.’
    • ‘The opportunity also facilitated mentoring students to write an article for publication.’
    • ‘It seemed an appropriate year to write a diary for publication.’
    • ‘He writes books of poetry but his contact with classical music had been rather limited thus far.’
    • ‘I wrote books and published articles and eventually got a tenure-track job at a good university.’
    • ‘She has written five books of poetry and a clip file shows she has been receiving accolades for years.’
    • ‘He's been at it for decades and has written a magnificent text book which he's currently rewriting.’
    • ‘She said rural Ireland inspired her and she wrote pages of poetry about the landscape and the people.’
    • ‘While in prison, he has written five books of poetry and has contributed to several periodicals.’
    • ‘He literally wrote a book on the subject, shortly after his second daughter, Justine, was born.’
    • ‘I'm the only president whose ever written a novel and I've written a book of poetry in the past as well.’
    compose, draft, create, invent, think up, draw up, formulate, compile, put together, pen, dash off, produce
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    1. 3.1Compose (a musical work)
      ‘he has written a song specifically for her’
      • ‘Long before he wrote his first song, he was already demonstrating formidable musical skills.’
      • ‘As a dramatist, he's currently writing a musical based on the entire songbook.’
      • ‘Recently he's also started to compose and write his own songs.’
      • ‘The tune was written for the 1945 musical Carousel, which Jane and her friends were rehearsing at the time.’
      • ‘We think the lyricist was a musical comedian and the song was written about 1900, maybe slightly earlier.’
      • ‘Does your writing process change when you write a musical as opposed to the other plays you've crafted?’
      • ‘I think it's much harder to write a successful musical than a successful play.’
      • ‘He has written songs for a West End musical and regularly acted on stage and TV.’
      • ‘I've also finished writing a musical - a very different type of thing.’
      • ‘Next he wants to write a musical, something he's been planning to do for years.’
      • ‘Contestants were chosen for musical aptitude, and most write songs and play instruments.’
      • ‘When Gershwin was writing the musical, he told her that he had written the part of Bess for her.’
      • ‘Young wrote these songs for the times in which they were composed and the albums on which they appeared.’
      • ‘The act was formed two years ago when the girls were given an assignment to write a song with harmonies.’
      • ‘Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children.’
      • ‘Now I don't think a composer who is actually writing a piece of music should be conscious of self-expression.’
      • ‘There are some wonderful musical works written by composers who were perhaps not so great as people.’
      • ‘He's already scheduled to begin writing his own musical with a local composer.’
    2. 3.2Add or remove a character to or from (a long-running story or series).
      • ‘It meant he had to wrack his brains over how to write Jeff out of the story - he was, after all, Steve's best mate.’
      • ‘Brother Richard has taken a pensmith's revenge by writing Brother Stuart out of the film, portraying himself as an only child.’
      • ‘I went up to see it and said to Paul at dinner afterwards: ‘Can't we write Prospero into the first act a bit more?’
      • ‘Would you like me to write you out of the story altogether?’
      • ‘He added, ‘I'm starting to think they want to write me out of the series for next season.'’
    3. 3.3archaic Describe in writing.
      ‘if I could write the beauty of your eyes’
      • ‘Write with the knowledge of death on your shoulder, write the beauty of the red leafed begonia, remember winter, write with compassion.’
      • ‘If all the water of the oceans became ink, it will not be enough to write the Greatness of Allah.’
      • ‘To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry.’
  • 4Computing
    Enter (data) into a specified storage medium or location in store.

    ‘files can be read and written directly into the file system’
    • ‘Details are written to a file named after the IP address of the Ethernet on each ARM.’
    • ‘The main reason for this is that virus - and spyware authors - write malware for the most common platform.’
    • ‘Storage should write data to compliant volumes at the same speed as other volumes.’
    • ‘Every time a host application writes a transaction to the local disk storage subsystem, a data protection appliance writes it in parallel to the local compatible appliance.’
    • ‘The application can seek, read, an write bytes to the stream as it is a local file.’
  • 5Underwrite (an insurance policy).

    • ‘Our policies had been extended for two months because the insurance company employee who wrote them had gone on vacation.’
    • ‘We only have five malpractice insurance companies writing policies in northeast Ohio.’
    • ‘Insurers write policies, thus transferring risks customers face to themselves.’
    • ‘The doctors found that no established insurer would write them a policy - at any price.’
    • ‘You could have an action like this early on in the liquidation of an insurance company that wrote long-tail insurance.’

Phrases

  • be nothing to write home about

    • informal Be very mediocre or unexceptional.

      • ‘The story's nothing to write home about - a family gathers for the laying to rest of their mother and sister who has just died.’
      • ‘The coral cover was nothing to write home about and the usual reef fish-life seemed poor.’
      • ‘The support band was alright, nothing to write home about.’
      • ‘The quality of the cooking was nothing to write home about, but considering that it was a Sunday and the kitchen was probably running at half-kilter, one could certainly eat worse food at a greater cost in many other restaurants.’
      • ‘Alas, most of the food is nothing to write home about: the salad dressing is quite bland, the shrimps are fresh though boring, and, incredibly, garlic is nowhere to be found.’
      • ‘The mushrooms were nothing to write home about.’
      • ‘It got mediocre but promising ratings in the first season - nothing to write home about, but enough to warrant a second season.’
      • ‘There are several tea houses and eating establishments which appear interesting but on the whole offer nothing to write home about.’
      • ‘The ambience is nothing to write home about: just over a dozen seats in a small, sparsely decorated white room.’
      • ‘Rooms are plantation-style, a tad on the small side and nothing to write home about, although the restaurant, a fusion of French and Creole, is a definite winner.’
      tedious, dull, monotonous
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  • be (or have something) written all over one (or one's face)

    • informal Used to convey that the presence of a particular quality or feeling is clearly revealed by a person's expression.

      ‘guilt was written all over his face’
      • ‘She started running, panic clearly written all over her face.’
      • ‘Four of the five goals had quality written all over them, several of the points were also out of the top drawer, and there were several individual performances on both sides that further embellished this magnificent game.’
      • ‘Sam stared at me, surprise clearly written all over her face.’
      • ‘They seemed to me to have trouble written all over them.’
      • ‘He saw her jaw tighten with recognition and determination; mistrust clearly written all over her features.’
      • ‘Vicky spoke out, excitement clearly written all over her face.’
      • ‘They looked up to see her looming over them, with a stern expression written all over her face.’
      • ‘Jamie could clearly see that anguish was written all over his face.’
      • ‘But personally I still think he's got winner written all over him.’
      • ‘He most certainly has leadership material written all over him.’
  • be written in stone

  • (and) that's all she wrote

    • informal Used to convey that there is or was nothing more to be said about a matter.

      ‘every month, you pay $49.95 and that's all she wrote’
      • ‘Someone pops a vial and pour it into a cocktail and that's the end of the story, that's all she wrote.’
      • ‘‘Make the call, hold the cassette recorder to the handset, press the play button and that's all she wrote,’ he says.’
      • ‘‘The Hurt of It All ‘voices the poet's farewell, saying ‘that's all she wrote.’’
      • ‘When you get hit with a perfect body shot, that's all she wrote.’
      • ‘Soon planes spilled off of the carriers and that's all she wrote.’
      • ‘A couple of pizzas and some cold beers and that's all she wrote.’
      • ‘One flat on the way back and that's all she wrote.’
      • ‘When trouble breaks out here, that's all she wrote till morning.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • write something down

    • Reduce the nominal value of stock or goods.

      • ‘The stocks had been written down and a book profit was realisable.’
      • ‘As a result, over $82 million of borrowings were written down to $20 million and the company will be able to keep going for another bit.’
      • ‘Specific stocks were written down to fair value if an impairment in the value of the entire stock portfolio was considered to be other than temporary.’
      • ‘Following poor sales, stocks had been written down by £288,000 on 31 March.’
      • ‘How far those assets have been written down over the years, no one knows.’
  • write someone in

    • (when voting) add the name of someone not on the original list of candidates and vote for them.

      • ‘I shook his hand just before the primary up here and told him I was a registered Republican and I was writing him in on my ballot.’
      • ‘Even though his name wasn't on the ballot, he was written in by nearly half of the voters.’
      • ‘The Chronicle and several other local papers exposed the plan after an 18-year old was recruited to run, but then changed his mind when he found out that he had been written in as a Democratic candidate.’
      • ‘After all, he waits until almost the very last minute of the election to run, avoiding months of bashing and media scrutiny to simply say ‘I'm the alternative, write me in.’’
  • write something off

    • 1Dismiss someone or something as insignificant.

      ‘they were written off as a bunch of no-hopers’
      • ‘The boxing world wrote him off as another beautiful loser; then he met and married Teresa and made a comeback.’
      • ‘We know everyone is writing us off but we haven't got a clue why and we just want to go out and prove people wrong.’
      • ‘But the boys were up for it, mainly because we had been written off and it was the last chance to win anything.’
      • ‘The football world wrote us off as another lower league casualty, but we did not give up.’
      • ‘I'm proud because I don't think I was encouraged, and a lot of people wrote me off.’
      • ‘No-one gave us a chance and when we were five points down at half-time everyone wrote us off but the team went out in the second half and won by five.’
      • ‘People wrote him off, and yet he refused to leave the storyline.’
      • ‘We looked more confident today and I think sometimes it is easier to play confidently when everyone is writing you off.’
      • ‘The critics have been writing me off for 20 years.’
      • ‘Some people have been writing us off, but we just have to believe in ourselves.’
      disregard, regard as finished, consider unimportant, dismiss, ignore
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    • 2Cancel the record of a bad debt; acknowledge the loss of or failure to recover an asset.

      ‘he urged the banks to write off debt owed by poorer countries’
      • ‘The capital cost of certain premises can be written off against the purchaser's income over a number of years.’
      • ‘Marine projects were written off as total losses.’
      • ‘Three years later the entire investment was written off as a loss.’
      • ‘Some debts are written off, although creditors are reluctant to do so.’
      • ‘Tax receipts are down, as assets have been written off, so less money is coming into the Treasury coffers.’
      • ‘Rather than report it as fraud, they simply write it off as a bad debt.’
      • ‘He tells clients to avoid other debt like credit card or revolving debt and instead use their home equity line of credit, because the interest expense can be written off in most cases.’
      • ‘Half the cost of each apartment can be written off against income by owner-occupiers.’
      • ‘What percentage of investments will be written off over the coming months?’
      • ‘The essential problem is that as fast as bad debts are written off new ones are created by the deflationary contraction in the economy.’
      forget about, disregard, give up on, give up for lost, cancel, annul, nullify, wipe out, cross out, score out
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      1. 2.1British Damage a vehicle so badly that it cannot be repaired or is not worth repairing.
        • ‘Initial estimates found three homes and shops were destroyed, eight remained in a ‘very dangerous state’ and 50 vehicles had been written off.’
        • ‘He said at least two vehicles were written off and that the total cost of the damage could amount to £150,000 though the final figures were still not known.’
        • ‘These include a crash earlier this week in which a woman was taken to hospital and two vehicles were written off.’
        • ‘The court heard some complainants were still in negotiation with insurance companies, but at least two of the vehicles had been written off.’
        • ‘A traffic warden booked a car after it had been written off in a rush-hour smash and the driver taken to hospital.’
        • ‘Magistrates heard that the man used a concrete slab to smash every window in the vehicle and cause such extensive damage that the vehicle was written off by the insurance company.’
        • ‘Mr Turner said Sam had lost his job because of time off work after the accident and his vehicle was written off.’
        • ‘A claimant whose motor car is damaged by the negligent driving of the defendant will either incur expense in putting right the damage or discard the vehicle, i.e., write it off as uneconomic to repair.’
        • ‘The couple also revealed that the woman was involved in a car crash just one week before and that vehicle was written off.’
        • ‘Just two days after buying his car he skidded it on black ice on a major road and wrote it off.’
        wreck, damage beyond repair, smash, smash up, crash, destroy, demolish, ruin
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  • write something up

    • 1Write a full or formal account of something.

      ‘I was too tired to write up my notes’
      • ‘If you see a major or even minor local event, write it up and send your account, along with any pictures you capture on your mobile phone or digital camera.’
      • ‘The police reports to Crown counsel recommending charges were written up that night and the two individuals were held in custody for court.’
      • ‘The journalist in The Chronicle wrote them up today and reported on inconsistency over several visits.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, this plan backfired and a description of this implement was written up and published!’
      • ‘The results of the initial round of interviews were written up with detailed descriptions of the cases.’
      • ‘A reporter who first comes up with an investigative story idea, writes it up and submits it to the editor and is told the story is not going to run.’
      • ‘But many others come from very intelligent people who have a lot of good ideas but don't quite know enough about how science works to connect them to real science, to research and write them up properly, and to get them tested and evaluated.’
      • ‘Stacey also argues that, when the research is written up, it is the feminist ethnographer's interpretations and judgements that come through and that have authority.’
      • ‘Once that report has been written up it will be available to everybody.’
      • ‘To avoid this, owners need to take notes at each meeting, write them up, and e-mail them to the builder and architect.’
      1. 1.1Make entries to bring a diary or similar record up to date.
        ‘he wrote up a work journal which has never been published’
        • ‘We have to keep on writing notes up every time National changes its leadership, and I do not think we want to do it anymore.’
        • ‘Field notes from home visits were written up after leaving the site.’
        • ‘And what I did was collect the stories during the daytime and I wrote them up on the lap-top in the evening.’
        • ‘Both observers took notes to remind them of key events and used an observation grid to write these notes up in more detail later.’
        • ‘His recollections were written up in a diary which has been kept by his daughter Mary.’

Origin

Old English wrītan ‘score, form (letters) by carving, write’, of Germanic origin; related to German reissen sketch, drag.

Pronunciation:

write

/rʌɪt/