[ rahyt-uhp ]
/ ˈraɪtˌʌp /


a written description or account, as in a newspaper or magazine:The play got a terrible write-up.
Accounting. an increase in the book value of a corporation that is not warranted by the true assets of the corporation.



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Origin of write-up

1880–85, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase write up
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British Dictionary definitions for write-up

write up

verb (tr, adverb)

to describe fully, complete, or bring up to date in writingwrite up a diary
to praise or bring to public notice in writing
accounting, US
  1. to place an excessively high value on (an asset)
  2. to increase the book value of (an asset) in order to reflect more accurately its current worth in the market

noun write-up

a published account of something, such as a review in a newspaper or magazine
accounting, US
  1. an excessive or illegally high valuation of corporate assets
  2. a raising of the book value of an asset
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Idioms and Phrases with write-up

write up


Write a report or description, as for publication, as in She's been writing up these local concerts for years. [Early 1400s]


Overvalue an asset, as in That accountant is always writing up our equipment, forgetting depreciation.

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