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. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see write,‎ up.
    I can't write up in the attic; it's too cold there in the winter and too hot there in the summer.
  2. To produce by writing.
    Synonyms: write down, record, transcribe
    The supervisor wrote up the personnel report about him.
  3. To document officially the faults, offenses, or wrongdoing of.
    Synonym: write down
    His supervisor wrote him up after their last argument.
    See also: cite
  4. To write about positively; to praise in writing.
    Antonym: write down
    The paper wrote up the team's prospects.
    See also: talk up
  5. (transitive, accounting) To make an upward adjustment in the value of an asset.
    Antonyms: write down, devalue
  6. (philately) To annotate a stamp album page with details about the stamp, such as die used or colour variety.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the sense "produce by writing", this term is generally used only 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.
  • As with many pairs of phrasal verbs that contain antonymic particles (such as up and down), write up and write down can actually function as synonyms for some senses.