Meaning of “writing” in the English Dictionary


"writing" in English

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uk /ˈraɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈraɪ.t̬ɪŋ/

B1 [ U ] a person's style of writing with a pen on paper that can be recognized as their own:

Do you recognize the writing on the envelope?

A2 [ U ] something that has been written or printed:

She complained that the writing was too small to read.

B2 [ U ] the written work, such as stories or poems, of one person or a group of people:

She is studying women's writing at the turn of the century.

B2 [ U ] the activity of creating pieces of written work, such as stories, poems, or articles:

I did a course in creative writing.

A1 [ U ] the skill or activity of producing words on a surface:

Teachers focus on speaking and writing in the afternoon classes.
in writing

B2 in written form:

All bookings must be confirmed in writing.
writings [ plural ]

the written works of a person, especially when they have been published as books:

the writings of Karl Marx

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

"writing" in American English

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writingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈrɑɪ·t̬ɪŋ/

a person’s style of forming letters and words with a pen or pencil, or something written:

Do you recognize the writing on the envelope?
There was writing in the margins of many pages in the book.

Writing is also articles, poems, books, etc.:

fiction/nonfiction writing
travel writing

Writing is also the activity of creating stories, poems, or articles:

He talked about the experience of teaching writing through interactive television.


(Definition of “writing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)