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  1. a written description or account, as in a newspaper or magazine: The play got a terrible write-up.

  2. Accounting. an increase in the book value of a corporation that is not warranted by the true assets of the corporation.

Origin of write-up

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

Words Nearby write-up

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How to use write-up in a sentence

  • I wish I could write up Deppe's system for publication, but it is a very difficult thing to give any adequate idea of.

  • With regard to cooking, each man took duty for a week, during which he was able to write up his work and to wash and mend clothes.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • The author replied, “I should like to live with the army on the frontier and write up Tommy Atkins.”

  • "Well, write up everything you have on it, and we'll lay out further experimental work," MacLeod said.

    The Mercenaries | Henry Beam Piper
  • Well, you are a lucky girl to have brains enough to have more than one idea in your head to write up.

British Dictionary definitions for write up

write up

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to describe fully, complete, or bring up to date in writing: write up a diary

  2. to praise or bring to public notice in writing

  1. accounting, US

    • to place an excessively high value on (an asset)

    • to increase the book value of (an asset) in order to reflect more accurately its current worth in the market

  1. a published account of something, such as a review in a newspaper or magazine

  2. accounting, US

    • an excessive or illegally high valuation of corporate assets

    • a raising of the book value of an asset

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Other Idioms and Phrases with write-up


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

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