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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.
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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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For some specific assets such as inventories, restructed loans and marketable equity securities, existing GAAP provides guidance on the measurement attribute to be used in determining the amount to which these assets should be written down. But GAAP is not clear about the attribute to use to determine the amounts to which long-lived assets should be written down.
* Applying the lower of cost or market and arm's-length price principles Even assuming the taxpayer has properly written down its inventory in compliance with the regulations and Thor Power, the Sec.
has written down the value of its investment in Temboard Ltd.
Reportedly, the shares in Perimeter have previously been entirely written down.
Further, EUR200m was written down on Los Angeles-based TCW Group because of bad market conditions.
Switzerland's UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, had written down more than $49 billion since mid-2007, and it expects more write downs and job cuts in the first quarter.
*Morris Publishing Group LLC: Biting the bullet all at once, this Augusta, Ga.-based newspaper publisher said last week that it had written down all the goodwill of its newspapers in the third quarter, leading to a net loss of $163.2 million, compared to last year's net income of $3.9 million in the quarter.
84-28, Impairment of Long-Lived Assets, says, "...once written down, the assets are not subsequently written back up." This position is echoed in the FASB Discussion Memorandum, Accounting for the Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and Identifiable Intangibles, issued December 7, 1990.
In the reporting period, Aker Solutions booked a write-down of NOK246m, related to its stake in Ezra Holdings, while the shares in Aker Clean Carbon were written down by NOK85m.
The final cost forecasts for both projects will be written down in total by SEK125m.