\ ˈrīt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce write-down (audio) \

Definition of write-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

write down

wrote down; written down; writing down; writes down

Definition of write down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to record in written form
2a : to depreciate, disparage, or injure by writing
b : 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

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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: Verb Under the new guidelines, game administrators do not need to write down rosters on the sheet. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2021 The delay gave the man a chance to write down the licensee plate number of the vehicle. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 The hostess instructed them to write down the names of their top five favorite dates—they’d get an e-mail connecting them with anyone who’d reciprocated. Lizzie Widdicomb, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2021 And indeed, those who regularly write down their to-dos seem to possess a mind less jittery. Clive Thompson, Wired, 27 July 2021 At the beginning of each year, write down your annual goals. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 In the meantime, some carriers take pictures of their time sheets or write down their hours in a notebook. Alexis Fernandez Campbell, Chron, 31 Aug. 2021 Creative City Project’s Immerse art festival will return to Orlando this October with an exhibit that will let participants write down and then shred their worries. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, 23 July 2021 Participants write down their fears, insecurities, regrets, etc. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of write-down


1932, in the meaning defined above


1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Write-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write-down. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for write-down

write down

transitive verb
wrote down; written down; writing down

Legal Definition of write down

: to reduce the book value of (an asset) write down accounts receivable

Other Words from write-down

write-down \ ˈrīt-​ˌdau̇n How to pronounce write down (audio) \ noun


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