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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WRITE OUT

Write out 'Our Father' and the 'Creed' three times, you little heathen.

I'll write out the cheque as soon as the waiters clear away the débris.

Then I will write out the charm from your dictation, he said.

I will carry your just complaint to the cardinal; will you write out your petition?

Now, I want you to write out a report of this case for my private use.

But I'm afraid I'll have to write out the death warrants for all these men and women.

The student is recommended to write out the answers carefully.

I feel I could write out here, but not about William and Mary furniture—!

He happens to write out the cash-return form just before dying.

Will you go with me to a justice of the peace, write out your statement and swear to it?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English writan "to score, outline, draw the figure of," later "to set down in writing" (class I strong verb; past tense wrat, past participle writen), from Proto-Germanic *writanan "tear, scratch" (cf. Old Frisian writa "to write," Old Saxon writan "to tear, scratch, write," Old Norse rita "write, scratch, outline," Old High German rizan "to write, scratch, tear," German reißen "to tear, pull, tug, sketch, draw, design"), outside connections doubtful. Words for "write" in most I.E languages originally mean "carve, scratch, cut" (cf. Latin scribere, Greek grapho, Sanskrit rikh-); a few originally meant "paint" (cf. Gothic meljan, Old Church Slavonic pisati, and most of the modern Slavic cognates).

To write (something) off (1680s) originally was from accounting; figurative sense is recorded from 1889. Write-in "unlisted candidate" is recorded from 1932.

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