\ 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

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 If more of the leveraged loans inside the CLOs were downgraded to junk, this would breach the contracts and force the CLOs to sell off their junk debt and replace it, or write down the value of the whole CLO. Christopher Leonard, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 Ask to see the salesperson’s driver’s license and write down the driver’s license number and their vehicle’s license plate number. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, 20 Dec. 2021 Attendees can write down a wish and add it to the kindling before the bonfire is set ablaze, and purchase s’mores kits for a sticky snack. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021 If the question has multiple parts, write down each aspect of the question. Avery Blank, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 If your telephone keeps phone numbers of incoming calls, write down the number, then go online to ftc.gov/complaint and report this scam. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 After Mom left, Grandma asked me to write down a list of her medications. Miriam Toews, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Outside a community center that’s serving as an early voting site on the East Side, a steady stream of elderly Black women leaning on canes were coming in to write down Brown (or use a stamp that the campaign has been giving out). Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 Set aside a dedicated notebook to physically write down the myriad of daily decisions made. Ellevate, Forbes, 29 Oct. 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 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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