verb (used with object), in·dit·ed, in·dit·ing.

  1. to compose or write, as a poem.
  2. to treat in a literary composition.
  3. Obsolete. to dictate.
  4. Obsolete. to prescribe.

verb (tr)

  1. archaic to write
  2. obsolete to dictate

1560s, “action of writing prose or verse,” from indite + -ment.


late 14c., “put down in writing,” from Old French enditer, from Vulgar Latin *indictare, from Latin in- “in, into, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + dictare “to declare” (see dictate). The same word as indict but retaining a French form. Related: Indited; inditing.

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