- a reduction of the entered value of an asset account.
- the procedure of reducing the recorded value of an asset, either by estimate or as a plan.
Origin of write-down
First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase write down
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Examples from the Web for write-down
The write-down basically erases all the money HP made last quarter.Hewlett-Packard Loses Billions on Sketchy Buyout of Autonomy
November 20, 2012
News Corp. then announced that it had lost $6.4 billion in its second quarter and was taking an $8.4 billion write-down.How Spielberg Got Away
February 9, 2009