\ 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 Oil producers frequently write down assets when commodity prices crash, as cash flows from oil-and-gas properties diminish. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "2020 Was One of the Worst-Ever Years for Oil Write-Downs," 27 Dec. 2020 Qumu expects to spend about $700,000 to $900,000 to end current office leases and write down costs of equipment and furniture. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Qumu, a Minneapolis tech firm that helps businesses do remote work, plans to close its offices," 11 Dec. 2020 The truck had a temporary license tag, but the witness wasn’t able to write down the tag number. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Trump supporter receives threatening letter; AK-47 stolen from bedroom closet: Brook Park police blotter," 14 Nov. 2020 The program participants were asked to write down the words used by the commentator to describe the players’ abilities. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina Diversity Project program explores the impact of words," 23 Nov. 2020 So DeWees and the other coaches had the girls write down their grievances anonymously and place them in a box. Lynn Jore, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Latest Carroll County ‘SHEro,’ Heather DeWees, encourages girls to turn barriers into opportunities," 29 Nov. 2020 The best way to prepare for your Thanksgiving is actually to acknowledge and write down all of your feelings. Alexandra Carter, NBC News, "How to survive a politically-divided Thanksgiving table (even if it's virtual), according to a U.N. negotiation trainer," 23 Nov. 2020 Build your dream, craft your vision, write down your goals and create a plan. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, "Find and use the recipe for success," 15 Nov. 2020 This involves filling out a security envelope, similar to a mail-in ballot, that requires a voter to write down their name and birthday. cleveland, "With Election Day approaching, here’s what you need to know about the presidential election in Ohio," 1 Nov. 2020

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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 17 Jan. 2021.

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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

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

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