write-down

[ rahyt-doun ]
/ ˈraɪtˌdaʊn /

noun Accounting.

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

Definition for write down (2 of 2)

write

[ rahyt ]
/ raɪt /

verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

verb (used without object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

Verb Phrases

Origin of write

before 900; Middle English writen, Old English wrītan; cognate with Old Saxon wrītan to cut, write, German reissen to tear, draw, Old Norse rīta to score, write

Related forms

mis·write, verb (used with object), mis·wrote, mis·writ·ten, mis·writ·ing.

Can be confused

right rite wright write
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British Dictionary definitions for write down (1 of 2)

write down


verb (adverb)

(tr) to set down in writing
(tr) to harm or belittle by writing about (a person) in derogatory terms
(intr; foll by to or for) to write in a simplified way (to a supposedly less cultured readership)
(tr) accounting to decrease the book value of (an asset)

noun write-down

accounting a reduction made in the book value of an asset

British Dictionary definitions for write down (2 of 2)

write

/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written

Derived Forms

writable, adjective

Word Origin for write

Old English wrītan (originally: to scratch runes into bark); related to Old Frisian wrīta, Old Norse rīta, Old High German rīzan (German reissen to tear)
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Idioms and Phrases with write down (1 of 2)

write down


1

Set down in writing, record, as in Please write down your new address and phone number. [Late 1500s]

2

Reduce in rank, value, or price, as in They've written down their assets. [Late 1800s]

3

Write in a simple or condescending style, as in These science texts are written down for high-school students. [Second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with write down (2 of 2)

write


In addition to the idioms beginning with write

  • write down
  • write in
  • write off
  • write one's own ticket
  • write out
  • write up

also see:

  • nothing to write home about

Also see underwrote.

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