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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.]

in·dite′ment n.
in·dit′er n.
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vb (tr)
1. archaic to write
2. obsolete to dictate
[C14: from Old French enditer, from Latin indīcere to declare, from in-2 + dīcere to say]
inˈditement n
inˈditer n
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
Gerund: inditing

I indite
you indite
he/she/it indites
we indite
you indite
they indite
I indited
you indited
he/she/it indited
we indited
you indited
they indited
Present Continuous
I am inditing
you are inditing
he/she/it is inditing
we are inditing
you are inditing
they are inditing
Present Perfect
I have indited
you have indited
he/she/it has indited
we have indited
you have indited
they have indited
Past Continuous
I was inditing
you were inditing
he/she/it was inditing
we were inditing
you were inditing
they were inditing
Past Perfect
I had indited
you had indited
he/she/it had indited
we had indited
you had indited
they had indited
I will indite
you will indite
he/she/it will indite
we will indite
you will indite
they will indite
Future Perfect
I will have indited
you will have indited
he/she/it will have indited
we will have indited
you will have indited
they will have indited
Future Continuous
I will be inditing
you will be inditing
he/she/it will be inditing
we will be inditing
you will be inditing
they will be inditing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been inditing
you have been inditing
he/she/it has been inditing
we have been inditing
you have been inditing
they have been inditing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been inditing
you will have been inditing
he/she/it will have been inditing
we will have been inditing
you will have been inditing
they will have been inditing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been inditing
you had been inditing
he/she/it had been inditing
we had been inditing
you had been inditing
they had been inditing
I would indite
you would indite
he/she/it would indite
we would indite
you would indite
they would indite
Past Conditional
I would have indited
you would have indited
he/she/it would have indited
we would have indited
you would have indited
they would have indited
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Verb1.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)
write about, write of, write on - write about a particular topic; "Snow wrote about China"
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"
dramatise, dramatize, adopt - put into dramatic form; "adopt a book for a screenplay"
draft, outline - draw up an outline or sketch for something; "draft a speech"
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"
reference, cite - refer to; "he referenced his colleagues' work"
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"
write out, write up - put into writing; write in complete form; "write out a contract"
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:
2. To form by artistic effort:
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[ɪnˈdaɪt] VT (liter) [+ letter] → endilgar
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When not engaged in reading Virgil, Homer, or Mistral, in parks, restaurants, streets, and suchlike public places, he indited sonnets (in French) to the eyes, ears, chin, hair, and other visible perfections of a nymph called Therese, the daughter, honesty compels me to state, of a certain Madame Leonore who kept a small cafe for sailors in one of the narrowest streets of the old town.
I could not bear the idea of his amusing himself over my secret thoughts and recollections; though, to be sure, he would find little good of himself therein indited, except in the former part; and oh, I would sooner burn it all than he should read what I had written when I was such a fool as to love him!
Pickwick sat down at a side table, and hastily indited a note to Mr.
He sat down accordingly, and indited, in the French language, an epistle of the following tenor:
No married lady should have indited such an epistle to a single man.
This time he indited no message for the pigeon to carry.
Now, this was a document which Mr Willet had himself indited on the disappearance of his son Joseph, acquainting the nobility and gentry and the public in general with the circumstances of his having left his home; describing his dress and appearance; and offering a reward of five pounds to any person or persons who would pack him up and return him safely to the Maypole at Chigwell, or lodge him in any of his Majesty's jails until such time as his father should come and claim him.
Kit knew nothing about such questions, but he knew that his old home was a very poor place, and that his new one was very unlike it, and yet he was constantly looking back with grateful satisfaction and affectionate anxiety, and often indited square- folded letters to his mother, enclosing a shilling or eighteenpence or such other small remittance, which Mr Abel's liberality enabled him to make.
It opened with simplicity; some natural and graphic touches disclosed to the reader the scene of virgin forest and great, New-World river --barren of sail and flag--amidst which the epistle was supposed to be indited. The difficulties and dangers that attend a settler's life, were hinted at; and in the few words said on that subject, Mdlle.
Arrived home, I, in a fit of frenzy, indited the following:
The reflections of Mrs Nickleby were of the proudest and most complacent kind; and under the influence of her very agreeable delusion she straightway sat down and indited a long letter to Kate, in which she expressed her entire approval of the admirable choice she had made, and extolled Sir Mulberry to the skies; asserting, for the more complete satisfaction of her daughter's feelings, that he was precisely the individual whom she (Mrs Nickleby) would have chosen for her son-in-law, if she had had the picking and choosing from all mankind.
I did not enjoy the delight of seeing the wit who indited the paragraph in question, but I have no doubt he is a prodigious man in his way, and held in high repute by a select circle.