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.
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.