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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

Example Sentences

Verb a company forced to write down its assets write down what you remember about that day
Recent Examples on the Web
There are places to put photos, write down memories, and more. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 3 Nov. 2022 Residents should also try to write down the license plate and make and model of a vehicle and to call 911 if there is an encounter with someone deemed suspicious. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 The hungry customers – some regulars and others eager to try something new — wait for a short woman with a warm smile to write down their order and hand it to the man inside the black and red food truck. Jonmaesha Beltran, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2022 Professionals who write down their goals are far more likely to complete them. Nick Leighton, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 People who write down their goals feel a greater sense of accountability and have a much higher chance of accomplishing them, Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D., psychologist and performance coach and consultant in Boston, tells SELF. SELF, 30 Dec. 2021 First, people are asked to write down every detail of their nightmare. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 27 Oct. 2022 Leiton encourages her students to keep little notebooks in their pockets to write down welding shop words that perplex them. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2022 These discussions had led my father to write down, or dictate, aphorisms that would later be published first as Letting Go and then retitled Morrie in His Own Words. Rob Schwartz, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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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

write back


write down

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“Write-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/write-down. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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