W1S1 [raıt] v past tense wrote [rəut US rout] past participle written [ˈrıtn]
1¦(book/article/poem etc)¦
3¦(form words)¦
4¦(state something)¦
6¦(computer program)¦
7¦(a computer records something)¦
8¦(cheque/document etc)¦
9¦(pen )¦
10 have something/be written all over your face
11 have something written all over it
12 nothing to write home about
13 somebody wrote the book on something
14 that's all she wrote
Phrasal verbs
 write away for something
 write back
 write something<=>down
 write in
 write something into something
 write off
 write somebody/something<=>out
 write something<=>up
[: Old English; Origin: writan 'to scratch, draw, write']
a) [I and T]
to produce a new book, article, poem etc
He wrote some very famous books.
Who wrote 'Harry Potter'?
I can't come with you - I have an essay to write.
write about
O'Brien often writes about her native Ireland.
well/badly/poorly etc written
The article is very well written.
someone who writes earns money by writing books, plays, articles etc
Sean decided he wanted to write, and quit his job.
write for
Maureen Dowd writes for the New York Times.
2.) ¦(LETTER)¦ [I and T]
to write a letter to someone
write to
I've written to my MP, and to the city council.
write sb [i]AmE
Chris hasn't written me for a long time.
I wrote her several letters , but she didn't reply.
3.) ¦(FORM WORDS)¦ [I and T]
to form letters or numbers with a pen or pencil
Kerry could read and write when she was five.
to state something in a book, letter, advertisement etc, or on a label
write (that)
Isabella wrote that she was dying, and asked him to visit her for the last time.
be written on sth
The price is written on the label.
5.) ¦(MUSIC/SONG)¦ [T]
to write a piece of music or a song
Mozart wrote the music.
The song was originally written by Leonard Cohen.
to make a program for a computer to use
He writes software programs for financial institutions.
if a computer writes something, it records it on a disk or in its memory
write to/onto
data that had been written to disk
8.) ¦(CHEQUE/DOCUMENT ETC)¦ also write out [T]
to write information on a cheque, form etc
Wouldn't it be easier if I just wrote a cheque for the lot?
The doctor wrote me a prescription for sleeping pills.
9.) ¦(PEN )¦
if a pen writes, it works properly
Do any of these pens write?
10.) have sth/be written all over your face
to show very clearly what you are feeling or thinking
He had guilt written all over his face.
I know you're lying, Tyrell - it's written all over your face.
11.) have sth written all over it
to show a particular quality or fact very clearly
This awful film has 'career-killer' written all over it for the actors involved.
12.) nothing to write home about [i]informal
not particularly good or special
The hotel was good, but the food was nothing to write home about.
13.) sb wrote the book on sth
spoken used to say that someone knows a lot about a subject or is very good at an activity
Motorola wrote the book on quality control.
14.) that's all she wrote
AmE spoken used to mean that you cannot stop what happens next in a situation, especially when it is bad
write away for [write away for sth] phr v
to write a letter to a company or organization asking them to send you goods or information
I've written away for their free catalog.
write back phr v
to reply to a letter that someone sent you, by writing a letter to them
I sent them a card once, but they never wrote back.
write back to
I wrote back to them immediately, thanking them for their kind invitation.
write down [write sth<=>down] phr v
1.) to write something on a piece of paper
This is the address. Do you want to write it down?
2.) to officially say that a debt no longer has to be paid, or officially accept that you cannot get back money you have spent or lost
= ↑write off
write in phr v
1.) to write a letter to an organization to give an opinion, ask for information etc
If you would like a copy of our fact sheet, please write in, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.
write in to
And so I wrote in to Radio Brighton.
2.) write sth<=>in
to write a piece of information in the space provided for it on a form or document
Provide some space for students to write in their hobbies.
3.) write sb<=>in
AmE to add someone's name to the official list on your voting form, to show that you want to vote for them
The campaign to write in Johnson for governor failed.
write into [write sth into sth] phr v
to add or include something in a contract, agreement etc
It was written into his contract that he had to make two records a year.
write off phr v
1.) to write a letter to a company or organization asking them to send you goods or information
= ↑send off, write away write away write off for
Are you going to write off for that free poster?
2.) write sb/sth<=>off
to decide that someone or something is useless, unimportant, or a failure
= ↑dismiss write somebody/something<=>off as
After six months of work, we eventually wrote the project off as a non-starter.
3.) write sth<=>off
to officially say that a debt no longer has to be paid, or officially accept that you cannot get back money you have spent or lost
The United States agreed to write off debts worth billions of dollars.
The Inland Revenue wrote off £900 million in unpaid taxes.
4.) write sth<=>off
to make an official record of the amount of money that you have spent on things relating to your business, in order to reduce the amount of tax that you have to pay
write something<=>off against
The costs of setting up a business can be written off against tax.
5.) write sth<=>off
BrE to damage a vehicle so badly that it can never be used again
At thirteen he stole a car and wrote it off.
write out [write sb/sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to write something on paper, especially in a neat and clear way, including all the necessary details
The children were asked to choose their favourite poem and write it out in their best handwriting.
2.) to write information on a cheque or a form
She calmly wrote out a check for $500 and handed it to Will.
3.) to remove a character from a regular radio or television programme, by making him or her leave or die in the story
write somebody/something<=>out of
It was revealed last week that Alma is being written out of the series.
write up [write sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to write a report, article etc using notes that you made earlier
I have to write up my report before the meeting.
2.) to write something on a wall, board etc where people can see it
The teacher repeated the word, and then wrote it up on the blackboard.
3.) be written up
if something is written up in a newspaper, magazine etc, someone describes what it is like and gives their opinion of it
We're going to a Spanish restaurant that was written up in Time Out's good food guide.
quickly: jot down, dash off
in a way that is difficult to read: scribble, scrawl
write information on an official form: fill in/fill out
write a word correctly: spell
start to write: put pen to paper

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