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write-off

[rahyt-awf, -of] /ˈraɪtˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
a cancellation from the accounts as a loss.
2.
an uncollectable account.
3.
a reduction in book value; depreciation.
4.
Informal. a person or thing that is given up as hopeless or pointless:
Joe's college career is a write-off.
Origin of write-off
1745-1755
1745-55; noun use of verb phrase write off
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write off

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
(accounting)
  1. to cancel (a bad debt or obsolete asset) from the accounts
  2. to consider (a transaction, etc) as a loss or set off (a loss) against revenues
  3. to depreciate (an asset) by periodic charges
  4. to charge (a specified amount) against gross profits as depreciation of an asset
2.
to cause or acknowledge the complete loss of
3.
to send a written order for (something): she wrote off for a brochure
4.
(informal) to damage (something, esp a car) beyond repair
noun
5.
(accounting)
  1. the act of cancelling a bad debt or obsolete asset from the accounts
  2. the bad debt or obsolete asset cancelled
  3. the amount cancelled against gross profits, corresponding to the book value of the bad debt or obsolete asset
6.
(informal) something damaged beyond repair, esp a car
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