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English definition of “write”

write

verb     /raɪt/ (wrote, written or old use writ)
A1 [I or T] to make marks that represent letters , words, or numbers on a surface , such as paper or a computer screen , using a pen , pencil , or keyboard , or to use this method to record thoughts , facts , or messages : When you fill in the form , please write clearly / legibly in black ink . [+ speech] "I hope to see you next Saturday ," she wrote. Why not write (down) your ideas on a piece of paper before you start ?Writing and typing A2 [I or T] to send a letter or message to someone, giving them information or expressing your thoughts or feelings : She hasn't written to me (US written me) recently . [+ two objects] I wrote my sister a letter . [+ to infinitive] My mother wrote to give me details about the party . [+ -ing verb] The travel company has written giv ing information about the trip .Communicating and keeping in touch [T] (also write sth out) to put all the information that is needed on a document : Please will you write (out) your name and address in full . [+ two objects] I wrote him a cheque for £50.Writing and typing B1 [T] to create and record something, such as a book , poem , song , or computer program , on paper or on a computer : She writes children's books / poems . Adam designed and wrote the software . He wrote music for films and TV shows . The book is very well written.Writing and typing B1 [I] to have the job of creating books , stories , or articles that will be published : She writes for a national newspaper .Writing and typing [+ that] to say something in a book , newspaper , magazine , or document : In the article , he writes that the problems in the refugee camps are getting worse .Writing and typing [I] specialized computing to record information in the memory of a computer : There was a problem writing to the disk in the A drive .Operating computers
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