write up

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write up (third-person singular simple present writes up, present participle writing up, simple past wrote up, past participle written up) (transitive)

  1. To produce by writing.
    The supervisor wrote up the personnel report about him.
  2. To document the faults of.
    His supervisor wrote him up after their last argument.
  3. To write about positively; to praise in writing.
    The paper wrote up the team's prospects.
  4. (transitive, accounting) To make an upward adjustment in the value of an asset.
    Antonym: write down

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the sense "produce by writing", this term is generally only used when the thing being written has been previously set or arranged to some extent. Thus, one can write up a report of events, minutes of a meeting, or a contract previously agreed upon orally.