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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, write
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, write
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The man, who had clearly been drinking, poured forth some abusive language, but he left off knocking the horses about, and taking the reins, got into his cart; meantime our friend had quietly taken a note-book from his pocket, and looking at the name and address painted on the cart, he wrote something down.
The interviewer who had asked the question nodded, smiling as she wrote something down while another member of the committee asked a new question.
They were very old-school, they had no documentation at all to support this, so she basically wrote something down for the insurance company, Seiferheld said.
Kayla watched as the judges wrote something down on their clipboards.
"She wrote something down saying, 'I think that's my number', and we've all been there, haven't we?
Olwyn McPhillips described how the man then wrote something down and handed over the piece of paper, on which he had written his wife's contact details.
One got on the bus and counted passengers, got off and the other one wrote something down.
He wrote something down for all his family to read.
She told him she wanted to be pretty much the same size "between a B and a C," that he then wrote something down on a piece of paper, which he gave to his assistant.
Then she got noticeably quiet, wrote something down and left in a hurry.
The comedian takes a piece of paper from his pocket and pretends to read from it before saying, 'I'm not really good with hecklers, but a friend who is good with hecklers wrote something down for me.
He took the biro from me, wrote something down, and passed the note back across the table.
"I just wrote something down one day that made me laugh," she recalls.
``I just wrote something down one day that made me laugh,'' she recalls.``My daughter came in and started boasting about her past and she was four years old.
I just think it would be good if one of us maybe stood up and said a few words, or, so as not to involve the police, at least quietly wrote something down. It is Collins' talent to render quiet, internal moments with such clarity and light.