Definition of write something down in English:

write something down

phrasal verb

  • Reduce the nominal value of stock or goods.

    • ‘As a result, over $82 million of borrowings were written down to $20 million and the company will be able to keep going for another bit.’
    • ‘The stocks had been written down and a book profit was realisable.’
    • ‘Specific stocks were written down to fair value if an impairment in the value of the entire stock portfolio was considered to be other than temporary.’
    • ‘Following poor sales, stocks had been written down by £288,000 on 31 March.’
    • ‘How far those assets have been written down over the years, no one knows.’