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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.


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.


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



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]


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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"


1. To form letters, characters, or words on a surface with an instrument:
2. To form by artistic effort:


[ɪnˈdaɪt] VT (liter) [+ letter] → endilgar
References in classic literature ?
And with what quill did the Secretary of the Society for the Suppression of Cruelty to Ganders formally indite his circulars?
So, I kissed his hand, and lay quiet, while he proceeded to indite a note to Biddy, with my love in it.
There, night and day, will I gaze upon it; my soul shall drink its radiance; it shall be diffused throughout my intellectual powers, and gleam brightly in every line of poesy that I indite. Thus, long ages after I am gone, the splendor of the Great Carbuncle will blaze around my name!"