Meaning of indite


The verb indite, rarely used today, means “compose” or “put down in writing,” like when you find a quiet place to sit down with your notebook and pen and indite a journal entry or a first draft of a short story.

To indite is to write something creative — you indite a letter, and jot a grocery list. Don’t confuse indite with its homophone indict, which means “to charge with a crime.” Both come from the Latin word dictare, meaning “to declare.” Even if you indite a really bad poem, critics won’t indict you.

Definitions of indite
  1. verb

    produce a literary work


    compose, pen, write

    publish, write

    have (one’s written work) issued for publication
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    write a legal document or paper

    write lyrics for (a song)
    write about, write of, write on

    write about a particular topic

    write about

    write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher

    write about in a paragraph
    write off

    write something fluently, and without hesitation
    dash off, fling off, knock off, scratch off, toss off

    write quickly

    rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose
    write copy

    write for commercial publications
    adopt, dramatise, dramatize

    put into dramatic form
    draft, outline

    draw up an outline or sketch for something
    poetise, poetize, verse, versify

    compose verses or put into verse

    be the author of
    annotate, footnote

    add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
    cite, reference

    refer to
    write out, write up

    put into writing; write in complete form

    write a script for

    write new lyrics for (a song)

    compose in poetic meter
    spondaise, spondaize

    make spondaic
    elegise, elegize

    compose an elegy

    compose a sonnet

    be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
    ghost, ghostwrite

    write for someone else
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    create verbally

    create with or from words

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