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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 loss was mostly attributable to a $4.9 billion write-down that resulted when GoTo surrendered a controlling stake in Tokopedia, its online shopping business, to the TikTok unit of Chinese social media company ByteDance. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune Asia, 17 June 2024 Recently, there was a revenue write-down of $250 million. William Wivell, Baltimore Sun, 22 Mar. 2024
To keep your free time free, Headlee recommends writing down your working hours and posting them somewhere visible as a reminder to yourself. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 10 June 2024 But in essence, Vice has been a swindle, and investors are starting to see the light: Disney, which sank $400 million into Vice in 2015, has in the past year written down nearly all of its investment. Jacob Weisberg, Foreign Affairs, 12 Aug. 2019 See all Example Sentences for write-down 

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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 23 Jun. 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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