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wrítan

  • verb [ strong ]
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wrítan, p. wrát, pl. writon; pp. writen
Wright's OE grammar
§126; §263; §278; §490;
To write.
to cut a figure on something
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  • Wrít ðysne circul mid ðínes cnífes orde on ánum stáne,

      Lchdm. i. 395, 3.
  • I a. where the figures are letters

    Genim hæslenne sticcan, wrít ðínne naman on, . . . gefylle mid ðý blóde ðone naman. Lchdm. ii. 104, 7- Rǽd sceal mon secgan, rúne wrítan,

      Exon. Th. 342, 7; Gn. Ex. 139.
  • Hróðgár hylt sceáwode, on ðæm wæs ór writen (

    or

    I ?) fyrngewinnes,
      Beo. Th. 3381 ; B. 1688. ¶ of
    the writing on the tables of stone :-- On ðe wrát wuldres God gerýno, Andr. Kmbl. 3018; An. 1512.
to draw a figure, v. writere, 1
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  • Nim sume tigelan, and wrít on hiere ða burg Hierusalem

    sume tibi laterem, et describes in eo civitatem Jerusalem,

      Past. 21; Swt. 161, 3, 10.
  • Wrít ðam horse on ðam heáfde foran Cristes mǽl, and on leoþa gehwylcum ðe ðú ætfeolan mæge. Lchdm. ii. 290, 23.
  • Wrít him Cristes mǽl on ǽlcum lime,

      346, 6.
  • Wrít. iii. crucem mid oleum infirmorum, .... nim ðæt gewrit, wrít crucem mid ofer ðam drence,

      350, 9-11.
to form letters, to write
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  • Mycel yfel déð se ðe leás wrít, Homl.

    Th. ii.

      2, 23.
  • Hé wrát mid his fingre on ðære eorþan. Jn. Skt. 8,

      6, 8.
  • Engel wrát in wáge baswe bócstafas,

      Cd. Th. 261, 8; Dan. 723.
  • Geseah hé engles hand in sele wrítan Sennara wíte. Ðæt gyddedon hæleð, hwæt seó hand write,

      Cd. Th. 261, 15-21; Dan. 727-9.
  • Wearð gesewen swilce ánes mannes hand wrítende on ðære healle wage,

      Homl. Th. ii. 434, 33.
to write a book, narrative, etc. ,
to compose, be the author of
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  • Ne wéne ǽnig ðæt ic lygewordum leóð somnige, wríte wóþcræfte,

      Exon. Th. 234, 30; Ph. 548.
  • Wríteþ

    digerit,

      Wrt. Voc. ii. 27, 50.
  • Wrítat

    caraxabimus (mentionem),

      85, 33.
  • Wrítaþ,

      18, 61: Hpt. 507, 76.
  • Ðæt cyriclíce stǽr úres eálondes and ðeóde ic wrát on fíf béc,

      Bd. 5, 24; S. 648, 31.
  • Se ðe ðás bóc wrát,

      Lchdm. ii. 114, 5.
  • Se ongan godspell ǽrest wordum wrítan,

      Andr. Kmbl. 25; An. 13.
  • Sum mæg searolíce wordcwide wrítan, Exon. Th. 42, 15; Cri. 673. IV a. with preps, to write about a subject :-- Ða wríteras and ða ðe hí ymbe writon, Bt. 18, 3 ; Fox 66, I. Be ðám þingum writende ðe ic gehýrde, Homl. Skt. ii. 23 b, 16. IV b. to write to a person, write with the intention of sending what is written :-- Mé geþúhte wrítan ðé, ðú se sélusta Theophilus, Lk. Skt. 1, 3. IV c.

    to write, state

    in a book :-- Wríteþ Eutropius ðæt Constantinus wǽre on Breotene ácenned,
      Bd. l, 8; S. 479, 31.
  • Ptolomeas wrát ealles ðises middangeardes gemet on ánre béc, Bt. 18, l; Fox 62, 6. IV d. where many persons asjsent to a written statement,

    to write, get a thing written

    :-- Hí on heora sinoþe ðus writon be him.
      Bd. 5, 19; S. 639, 39.
  • Hér sindan da naman ðere monna ðe ðis

    (the charter)

    wreotan and festnedan,
      Cod. Dip. Kmbl. ii. 47, 10.
to convey by charter
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  • Wé him wrítaþ ða mǽdue æt Pirigforda. Cod. Dip. Kmbl. iii. 32, 23.
  • Wé him wrítaþ ðone hagan his daeg, and twám óðrum æfter him . . . Eác wé wrítaþ him ða circan and ðone circstall and ðone worðig,

      52, 5-37.
  • Wé wrítaþ him ðone croft,

      258, 27.
Etymology
[O. Sax. wrítan to cut, wound; to write: O. H. Ger. rizan scindere, scribere: Icel. rita to cut, scratch; to write. Cf. Goth. writs κεραία]
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v. á-, be-, for-, ge-, mis-, under-, ymb-wrítan ; un-writen, wrítere, wrítian.
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