- verb to put words or numbers on paper etc., with a pen or word processor etc.
- verb to write a letter and send it to someone
- verb to be the author of a book or music etc.
- To record, store, or otherwise transfer data to a memory location, storage device, magnetic stripe, or the like. Examples include copying data from RAM to hard disk, or from the CPU to RAM. The converse is a read (1).
Information & Library Science
- verb to use a pen, pencil or computer to produce letters, numbers and symbols on paper so that other people can read them
Origin & History of “write”
The etymological notion underlying write is of ‘cutting’ or ‘scratching’ (it is related to German reissen ‘tear’). The earliest form of writing involved cutting marks on stone, wood, etc, and the same word was carried over when the technology of writing moved on to pen and ink. It comes from a prehistoric Germanic *wrītan, but its ultimate origins are not known. The noun writ (OE) goes back to the same Germanic base.