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1. To write down all of the letters or words of something that could be expressed in an abbreviated form or as a symbol. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "out." Please write out your full address, not just your house number and street name. Many on the board can't read shorthand, so please write everything out in standard English.
2. To express in writing something one is thinking, especially to help clarify or articulate it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "out." OK, why don't we sit down and write out all the reasons why this would be a good or bad idea. He was having trouble saying what he meant, so I suggest that he try writing it out.
3. To write so much or so constantly as to exhaust one's energy, capabilities, or ideas. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "write" and "out," except in passive constructions. Be sure to give yourself regular short breaks or you'll end up writing yourself out before the end of the day. By the time I reached the end of the four-hour exam, I was well and truly written out.
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write something out
1. to spell or write a number or an abbreviation. Don't just write "7," write it out. Please write out all abbreviations, such as Doctor for Dr.
2. . to put thoughts into writing, rather than keeping them in memory. Let me write it out. Then I won't forget it. Karen wrote out her objections.
1. Express in writing, especially in full form. For example, Write out your request on this form, or No abbreviations allowed; you have to write everything out. [Mid-1500s]
2. write oneself out. Exhaust one's energies or abilities by writing too much, as in He's been doing a novel a year for ages, but now he's written himself out. [Early 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To express or compose something in writing: I wrote out a check for $70. It's easier to learn new words if you write them out and memorize them.
2. To write something in full or expanded form: The teacher wrote out the Latin abbreviations on the board and explained their meanings. The secretary took the shorthand notes and wrote them out.
3. To delete or exclude something or someone from a narrative work or record: In the revised version of the script, the playwright wrote out the character of the detective. The author wrote the scene out of the novel. Radical thinkers tend to be written out of history books.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.