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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
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"Now will I pray meekly every discreet person that readeth or heareth this little treatise, to have my rude inditing for excused, and my superfluity of words, for two causes.
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She can have no longer any doubt about the letter; of that I am certain; for I told her my son Nightingale was ready to take his oath, if she pleased, that it was all his own invention, and the letter of his inditing. I told her the very reason of sending the letter ought to recommend you to her the more, as it was all upon her account, and a plain proof that you was resolved to quit all your profligacy for the future; that you had never been guilty of a single instance of infidelity to her since your seeing her in town: I am afraid I went too far there; but Heaven forgive me!
"He starved us when he had the sole superintendence of the provision department, before the committee was appointed; and he bored us with long lectures once a week, and with evening readings from books of his own inditing, about sudden deaths and judgments, which made us afraid to go to bed."
'If your more important avocations should admit of your ever tracing these imperfect characters thus far - which may be, or may not be, as circumstances arise - you will naturally inquire by what object am I influenced, then, in inditing the present missive?
One morning, about the beginning of November, while I was inditing some business letters, shortly after breakfast, Eliza Millward came to call upon my sister.
But my conscience smote me for having uttered a truth, even to aid a friend, and hastening back to Athens, I arrived behind the philosopher's chair as he was inditing the 'aulos.'"
None of them, I presume, had ever read a page of my inditing, or would have cared a fig the more for me if they had read them all; nor would it have mended the matter, in the least, had those same unprofitable pages been written with a pen like that of Burns or of Chaucer, each of whom was a Custom-House officer in his day, as well as I.
The concert will include favourite pieces from over the years, including Handel's 'My Heart is Inditing', Charpentier's 'Te Deum' and various well known opera arias and choruses.
The anthems will be The King Shall Rejoice, Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, and My Heart Is Inditing. Registration is at 10am with a performance from 5.30pm.
But worse, he realizes that not one of these men, among them "merchants and sea-captains"--members of that group to which his father had belonged--"ever read a page of my inditing, or would have cared a fig the more for me, if they had read them all." Abandoning the autobiographical first person, Nathaniel creates a third person narrator who judges his work to be "utterly devoid of significance," as is all that "he achieves, and all he aims at" (1:10, 26-27).
The choir and musicians will join forces again for Monteverdi's Beatus Vir and Purcell's opulent My Heart is Inditing, written for the coronation of James II in 1685.