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write down

1. To record or note something on paper. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "down." I managed to write down the license plate number of the car before it sped away from the accident. Make sure you write the directions down so you don't forget!
2. To list the value or price of something as being lower than it was before, especially for tax purposes. We have a number of financial assets we'll be able to write down at the end of the years.
See also: down, write

write something down

to make a note of something; to record something in writing. Please write this down. Please write down what I tell you.
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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]
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write down

v.
1. To set something down in writing: I wrote down all my thoughts in a journal. If you remember the address, write it down before you forget it again!
2. To reduce something in rank, value, or price: The store is writing down all obsolete inventory. When the tickets didn't sell, we wrote them down to half price.
3. To disparage something in writing. Used chiefly in the passive: The movie was written down in all the newspapers.
4. To write in a conspicuously simple or condescending style: The author wrote down to the unsophisticated audience.
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figure By SUNNY BINDRA I'm about to write something down that may be one of the most important things you will ever read.
(Laughs) I could write something down and say 'Is that the word you are thinking of...
That feels "right." I know I'm alone, that I'm the only reader of what I write here--but the knowledge isn't painful, on the contrary I feel stronger for it, stronger each time I write something down....
Deaton leaves her alone in the dark, hoping that she'll subconsciously write something down after going into a trance.
If writing feels like a chore, take a picture or use social media to write something down or take a picture of what you feel grateful for."
Lewis told the ECHO: "A woman came in with her boyfriend and asked me if I had some paper so she could write something down.
I write something down first and if I am happy with it, if I am able to say that it conveys the message that I wanted to talk about, then, I am okay with it.
I'd write something down and then go and read it until it didn't make me feel as bad.
The minute you write something down, you have a copyright, which can last 70 years or so after your death.
When the attorneys have finished asking their questions, I will ask each of you to write something down on a clean piece of paper.
Those who took the time to write something down but didn't pick up the phone saw happiness increase between two and four percent.
I'll wake up and write something down that I know is really good.
But she added: "I would not write something down that I have not seen."
Merely to write something down is not to give the product any standing or authenticity in the eyes of the people or the law.