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Meaning of “write” in the English Dictionary

"write" in British English

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writeverb

uk   us   /raɪt/ (wrote, written or old use writ)
A1 [I or T] to make ​marks that ​representletters, words, or ​numbers on a ​surface, such as ​paper or a ​computerscreen, using a ​pen, ​pencil, or ​keyboard, or to use this ​method to ​recordthoughts, ​facts, or ​messages: When you ​fill in the ​form, ​please write clearly/​legibly in ​blackink. [+ speech] "I ​hope to ​see you next ​Saturday," she wrote. Why not write (down)yourideas on a ​piece of ​paper before you ​start?A2 [I or T] to ​send a ​letter or ​message to someone, giving them ​information or ​expressingyourthoughts or ​feelings: She hasn't written to me (US also 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 ​travelcompany has written givinginformation about the ​trip. [T] (also write sth out) to put all the ​information that is ​needed on a ​document: Please will you write (out) ​yourname and ​address in ​full. [+ two objects] I wrote him a ​cheque for £50.B1 [T] to ​create and ​record something, such as a ​book, ​poem, ​song, or ​computerprogram, on ​paper or on a ​computer: She writes children's ​books/​poems. Adamdesigned and wrote the ​software. He wrote ​music forfilms and TV ​shows. The ​book is very well written.B1 [I] to have the ​job of ​creatingbooks, ​stories, or ​articles that will be ​published: She writes for a ​nationalnewspaper. [+ that] to say something in a ​book, ​newspaper, ​magazine, or ​document: In the ​article, he writes that the ​problems in the ​refugeecamps are getting ​worse. [I] specialized computing to ​recordinformation in the ​memory of a ​computer: There was a ​problem writing to the ​disk in the A ​drive.

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(Definition of write from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"write" in American English

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writeverb [I/T]

 us   /rɑɪt/ (past tense wrote  /roʊt/ , past participle written  /ˈrɪt·ən/ )
  • write verb [I/T] (CREATE)

to ​create something for other ​people to ​read or use, such as a ​book, ​poem, ​letter, or ​piece of ​music: [T] to write a ​poem/a ​story/a ​textbook [T] They wrote some of the ​bestsongs of the 70s. [T] They have written ​computersoftware to ​handleoursalesrecords. [T] Hammond wrote a ​letter to his ​mother/wrote his ​mother a ​letter. [I] He writes well and is always a ​pleasure to ​read. To write is also to put ​letters, words, ​numbers, or ​symbols on a ​paper, ​screen, or other ​surface using a ​pen, ​pencil, ​keyboard (= the ​keys of a ​computer), etc.: [T] Please write ​yourname on the ​dottedline. Someone whose ​job is to write ​createsarticles, ​stories, or ​books to be ​published: [I] She writes for the New York Times. To write also ​means to ​express an ​idea or ​opinion in an ​article, ​book, etc.: [+ that clause] He writes that ​ourhighways are getting ​safer.
(Definition of write from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"write" in Business English

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writeverb

uk   us   /raɪt/ (wrote, written)
[I or T] to put ​letters, ​numbers or ​symbols on a ​piece of ​paper or a ​computerscreen, using a pen, pencil or ​keyboard: Write your ​name and ​address on the ​form. The ​negativefigures were written in ​red.
[I or T] to ​create a ​document in ​order to ​supplyinformation or communicate with someone: He wrote a ​letter of ​complaint to the Customer Services Department. A ​report written by the ​financecommittee made several ​cost-cuttingrecommendations. written ​communication/​confirmation/​statement
[T] (also write sth out) to put all the necessary ​information on a ​form: They wrote me a ​cheque for $5,000 in ​compensation.
[T] INSURANCE to ​provideinsurance: The ​bank does not write its own ​insurance but ​offersbuilding and ​contentscover through a third ​party.
[T] IT to ​recorddata in the ​memory of a ​computer or a ​disk: write sth to sth The ​filefailed to write to ​disk because it was too large.
[T] IT to ​create a ​computerprogram: The ​computerpackage was specially written for ​marketresearchpurposes.
(Definition of write from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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