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English verb: write

1. write (creation) produce a literary work

SamplesShe composed a poem.
He wrote four novels.

ExamplesSam and Sue write the movie

Synonymscompose, indite, pen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create verbally

Narrower (hyponym)adopt, annotate, author, cite, dash off, draft, dramatise, dramatize, draw, fling off, footnote, knock off, lyric, outline, paragraph, paragraph, poetise, poetize, profile, reference, rewrite, scratch off, script, toss off, verse, versify, write about, write copy, write of, write off, write on, write out, write up

Entailspell, write

Verb grouppublish, write

Domain categoryauthorship, composition, penning, writing

2. write (communication) communicate or express by writing

SamplesPlease write to me every week.

ExamplesThey write them the information, They write the information to them

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)apostrophise, apostrophize, cut, get down, handwrite, issue, jot, jot down, make out, put down, rewrite, scrabble, scribble, set down, sign, style, subscribe, type, typewrite, write down, write in, write out, write up

Verb groupdrop a line, write

3. write (creation) have (one's written work) issued for publication

SamplesHow many books did Georges Simenon write?.
She published 25 books during her long career.

ExamplesDid he write his major works over a short period of time?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create verbally

Verb groupcompose, indite, pen, write

4. write (communication) communicate (with) in writing

SamplesWrite her soon, please!.

Synonymsdrop a line

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)correspond

Verb groupwrite, write

5. write (communication) communicate by letter

SamplesHe wrote that he would be coming soon.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

Verb groupdrop a line, write

6. write (creation) write music

SamplesBeethoven composed nine symphonies.

ExamplesDid he write his major works over a short period of time?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)arrange, counterpoint, harmonise, harmonize, instrument, instrumentate, melodise, melodize, score, set, set to music

Domain categorymusic

7. write (creation) mark or trace on a surface

SamplesThe artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper.
Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)delineate, describe, draw, line, trace

Narrower (hyponym)calligraph, capitalise, capitalize, copy, cross, dot, impress, letter, print, print, scrawl, scribble, stenograph, superscribe, superscribe

8. write (communication) record data on a computer

SamplesBoot-up instructions are written on the hard disk.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)record, tape

Narrower (hyponym)overwrite

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

9. write (creation) write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)

SamplesHe spelled the word wrong in this letter.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)hyphen, hyphenate, spell out

10. write (creation) create code, write a computer program

SamplesShe writes code faster than anybody else.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

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