The word ‘write‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to put letters on paper with a pen or to compose.

For example:

  • Sienna is writting a birthday card for her best friend. (put pen to paper)
  • I wrote this song just for you. (compose)


Write is an irregular verb. The past tense is wrote and the past participle is written.

phrasal verbs with write

Phrasal verbs with ‘write’ include:

  • write down
    meaning – make notes/record something
    example – I wrote down 3 pages of notes from today’s lecture.
  • write in
    meaning – send an email/text to a tv/radio station etc.
    example – Miss Matthews has written in asking if it is ok to smack children.
  • write off
    meaning – cancel a debt or destroy a car in an accident
    example – Since you worked for me all weekend, I’ve written off your debt.
  • write out
    meaning – write something in full or remove a character from a tv show
    example – They’ve written Harry out of my favourite series. The actor is sick in real life.
  • write up
    meaning – write the finished/complete version
    example – I’ll write up the notes from the meeting ASAP and send an email around.

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phrasal verbs with write

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘write’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with write - write down
phrasal verbs with write - write in
phrasal verbs with write - write off
phrasal verbs with write - write out
phrasal verbs with write - write up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with write below.

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