Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To write; compose.
  • transitive v. To set down in writing.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To dictate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To physically make letters and words on a writing surface; to inscribe
  • v. To write, especially a literary or artistic work; to compose
  • n. An extremely rare indium-iron sulfide mineral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To compose; to write; to be author of; to dictate; to prompt.
  • transitive v. To invite or ask.
  • transitive v. To indict; to accuse; to censure.
  • intransitive v. To compose; to write, as a poem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into verbal form; compose; write.
  • To conceive the form of; arrange for utterance or writing: only in the place cited.
  • In the following passage, to invite: perhaps a misprint.
  • To compose; write.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. produce a literary work

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French and Anglo-Norman enditer, from Latin in- +‎ dictare (“to declare”). (Wiktionary)

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  • indite. what an inventive word meaning to write. a new word to my vocabulary. when i was a child my favorite book to read was the dictionary. i found it an adventure in learning. the words that opened into other words which created and gave meaning to my life. they told an intellectual as well as an emotional story.

    April 19, 2011

  • "To all you ladies now at land,
    We men, at sea, indite."
    Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset (1638-1706), To All You Ladies Now at Land.

    September 20, 2009