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: a deliberate reduction in the book value of an asset (as to reflect the effect of obsolescence)

write down

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wrote down; written down; writing down; writes down

transitive verb

: to record in written form
: to depreciate, disparage, or injure by writing
: to reduce in status, rank, or value
especially : to reduce the book value of

intransitive verb

: to write so as to appeal to a lower level of taste, comprehension, or intelligence

Examples of write-down in a Sentence

Verb a company forced to write down its assets write down what you remember about that day
Recent Examples on the Web
The drugstore chain also announced a $5.8 billion write-down related to VillageMD. Jason Del Rey, Fortune, 7 May 2024 Additionally, Disney took a $2-billion write-down largely related to its troubled Star India business after agreeing to merge the operations into a joint venture controlled by rival Reliance Industries, a major Indian conglomerate. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 Moderna said the lack of demand for vaccine doses in Africa has led to more than $1 billion in losses and write-downs. Damian Garde, STAT, 12 Apr. 2024 The bank’s internal controls hadn’t stopped the concentration of risk, and the resulting write-down as Benko’s conglomerate Signa entered bankruptcy wiped out half the lender’s annual profit. Bastian Benrath, Fortune Europe, 4 Apr. 2024 The multibillion-dollar write-down marked the beginning of Mr. Lynch’s legal travails, which will culminate this month in another long and complex trial. Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 After the merger, creating AOL Time Warner, factors like the dot-com recession greatly affected the company, leading to a historic $100 billion write-down. Michaela Zee, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 Most of the write-down ($700 million to $900 million) will stem from existing TV shows and movies that will be yanked from Paramount’s various digital and linear platforms and development projects that will be scrapped. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 28 Feb. 2024 Underlying attributable profit before the nickel write-down was almost the same as the opening half of last financial year at $6.6 billion, led by strong profits in iron ore and copper while group revenue was up 6% at $27.2 billion. Tim Treadgold, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024
According to In Her Words, Amy often wrote down phrases from conversations that would later be incorporated into her songs. Ale Russian, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Sometimes its best to just start with brain-dumping, or the act of writing down everything that comes to mind on a particular topic, to just get the project going. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 14 May 2024 In the early 1200s, these stories were written down by Christian scholars into what became collections of Old Norse poetry and Sagas (Saga was the Norse goddess of history) set in pre-Christian Iceland. Kristina Lindborg, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2024 Zap me twice, write down the solution for future me. Denise Snodell, Kansas City Star, 8 May 2024 The deal was similar to the one Shashi had nearly struck, with one major difference: None of it was written down. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Joshua allegedly wrote down details for the witness for the commission of the crime, per the warrant. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 In the findings, published on April 9 in Nature's Scientific Reports, researchers in Japan found that writing down your thoughts and feelings after a negative incident on a piece of paper and then shredding it or crumbling it into a ball and throwing it out in a trash bin can dispel anger. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2024 In the third column, write down what types of companies take advantage of your skills and fit your passions. Adam Coffey, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1932, in the meaning defined above


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of write-down was in 1588

Dictionary Entries Near write-down

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“Write-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write-down. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

write down

transitive verb
wrote down; written down; writing down
: to reduce the book value of (an asset)
write down accounts receivable
write-down noun
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