write


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Write \Write\, v. t. [imp. Wrote; p. p. Written; Archaic
   imp. & p. p. Writ; p. pr. & vb. n. Writing.] [OE. writen,
   AS. wr[imac]tan; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to
   OS. wr[imac]tan to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten to
   tear, to rend, G. reissen, OHG. r[imac]zan, Icel. r[imac]ta
   to write, Goth. writs a stroke, dash, letter. Cf. Race
   tribe, lineage.]
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   1. To set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance
      of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable
      instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to
      write figures.
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   2. To set down for reading; to express in legible or
      intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed;
      to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to
      set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter.
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            Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to
            one she loves.                        --Shak.
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            I chose to write the thing I durst not speak
            To her I loved.                       --Prior.
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   3. Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.
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            I purpose to write the history of England from the
            accession of King James the Second down to a time
            within the memory of men still living. --Macaulay.
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   4. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth
      written on the heart.
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   5. To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own
      written testimony; -- often used reflexively.
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            He who writes himself by his own inscription is like
            an ill painter, who, by writing on a shapeless
            picture which he hath drawn, is fain to tell
            passengers what shape it is, which else no man could
            imagine.                              --Milton.
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   To write to, to communicate by a written document to.

   Written laws, laws deriving their force from express
      legislative enactment, as contradistinguished from
      unwritten, or common, law. See the Note under Law, and
      Common law, under Common, a.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Write \Write\, v. i.
   1. To form characters, letters, or figures, as representative
      of sounds or ideas; to express words and sentences by
      written signs. --Chaucer.
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            So it stead you, I will write,
            Please you command.                   --Shak.
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   2. To be regularly employed or occupied in writing, copying,
      or accounting; to act as clerk or amanuensis; as, he
      writes in one of the public offices.
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   3. To frame or combine ideas, and express them in written
      words; to play the author; to recite or relate in books;
      to compose.
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            They can write up to the dignity and character of
            the authors.                          --Felton.
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   4. To compose or send letters.
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            He wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm
            up into Jewry concerning their freedom. --1 Esdras
                                                  iv. 49.
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