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write about (someone or something)
1. To create a piece of writing that tells a narrative or provides detailed information about someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "about" to specify the kind of writing that is being created. I'm currently writing about the First Indochina War for my new book. He's writing a novel about a butler who falls in love with his mistress.
2. To write a piece of correspondence, such as a letter or email, that discusses or inquires about someone or something. Usually used as an introduction in one's own writing. To whom it may concern, I am writing today about an offer you had advertised in your store. Hello Mrs. Jenkins, I am the Vice-Principal at Sand Dune High School. I'm writing about your daughter, Samantha, who has been absent from school for the last three days.
3. To send a piece of written correspondence, such as a letter or email, to someone in order to discuss or inquire about someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "write" and "about." I'll write my friend in New York about the company that's offering the job. She'll be able to tell me if they're legit. He's writing the company's head office about the abusive employee he dealt with over the phone.
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write someone or something about something
to send an inquiry or statement to someone in writing about someone or something. I will write her about what you just told me. Sarah wrote the company about the faulty merchandise.
write about someone or something
to write a narrative or description of someone or something. I wanted to write about wild canaries, but there is not much to say. Sally writes about famous people.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.