[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. write-down,
  2. write-in,
  3. write-in candidate,
  4. write-off,
  5. write-protect,
  6. writer,
  7. writer's block,
  8. writer's cramp,
  9. writerly,
  10. writhe

Origin of write-up

1880–85, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase write up


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

Can be confusedright rite wright write

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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


/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written

Derived Formswritable, 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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Word Origin and History for write up


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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.


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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