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written

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Write \Write\, verb (used with an object) [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.]

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.

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.

Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves. --Shak.

I chose to write the thing I durst not speak To her I loved. --Prior.

3. Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.

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.

4. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart.

5. To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; -- often used reflexively.

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.

{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}, adjective

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Written \Writ"ten\, p. p. of {Write}, v.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

written

adjective

1: set down in writing in any of various ways; "written evidence" [ant: {spoken}]

2: systematically collected and written down; "written laws" [ant: {unwritten}]

3: written as for a film or play or broadcast [syn: {scripted}, {written}] [ant: {unscripted}]