To form (letters, words, or symbols) on a surface such as paper with an instrument such as a pen. To spell: How do you write your name? To form (letters or words) in cursive style. To compose and set down, especially in literary or musical form: write a poem; write a prelude. To draw up in legal form; draft: write a will. To fill in or cover with writing: write a check; wrote five pages in an hour. To express in writing; set down: write one's thoughts. To communicate by correspondence: wrote that she was planning to visit. To underwrite, as an insurance policy. To indicate; mark: "Utter dejection was written on every face\u201d ( Winston S. Churchill). To ordain or prophesy: It was written that the empire would fall. Computer Science To transfer or copy (information) from memory to a storage device or output device. To trace or form letters, words, or symbols on paper or another surface. To produce written material, such as articles or books. To compose a letter; communicate by mail. write down To set down in writing. write down To reduce in rank, value, or price. write down To disparage in writing. write down To write in a conspicuously simple or condescending style: felt he had to write down to his students. write in To cast a vote by inserting (a name not listed on a ballot). write in To insert in a text or document: wrote in an apology at the end of the note. write in To communicate with an organization by mail: write in with a completed entry form. write off To reduce to zero the book value of (an asset that has become worthless). write off To cancel from accounts as a loss. write off To consider as a loss or failure: wrote off the rainy first day of the vacation.