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Related to indite: Insite
compose or write, as a poem: She will indite an ode to the sunset.
Not to be confused with:
indict – charge with an offense; criticize: He tends to indict everyone of plotting against him.
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tr.v. in·dit·ed, in·dit·ing, in·dites
1. To write; compose.
2. To set down in writing.
3. Obsolete To dictate.
[Middle English enditen, from Old French enditer, from Vulgar Latin *indictāre : Latin in-, toward; see in-2 + Latin dictāre, to compose, to say habitually, frequentative of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. archaic to write
2. obsolete to dictate
[C14: from Old French enditer, from Latin indīcere to declare, from in-2 + dīcere to say]
Usage: Indite and inditement are sometimes wrongly used where indict and indictment are meant: he was indicted (not indited) for fraud
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v.t. -dit•ed, -dit•ing.
1. to compose or write (a speech, poem, etc.).
2. Obs. to dictate.
3. Obs. to prescribe.
[1325–75; Middle English enditen < Old French enditer < Latin indīcere; see indiction]
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Past participle: indited
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|Verb||1.||indite - produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"|
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
draw - write a legal document or paper; "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
create verbally - create with or from words
lyric - write lyrics for (a song)
profile - write about; "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"
paragraph - write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher
paragraph - write about in a paragraph; "All her friends were paragraphed in last Monday's paper"
write off - write something fluently, and without hesitation
dash off, fling off, scratch off, toss off, knock off - write quickly; "She dashed off a note to her husband saying she would not be home for supper"; "He scratched off a thank-you note to the hostess"
rewrite - rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose; "re-write a play for use in schools"
write copy - write for commercial publications; "She writes copy for Harper's Bazaar"
poetise, poetize, verse, versify - compose verses or put into verse; "He versified the ancient saga"
author - be the author of; "She authored this play"
annotate, footnote - add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments; "The scholar annotated the early edition of a famous novel"
publish, write - have (one's written work) issued for publication; "How many books did Georges Simenon write?"; "She published 25 books during her long career"
script - write a script for; "The playwright scripted the movie"
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1. To form letters, characters, or words on a surface with an instrument:
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