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English definition of “write sth off”

write sth off

phrasal verb with write     /raɪt/ verb (wrote, written)
ACCOUNTING, FINANCE to accept that an amount of money has been lost , for example , from a bad investment or a debt that will never be paid , and show it as a loss in a company's accounts : Banks accept that some of their bad debts will eventually have to be written off.
UK INSURANCE to damage a vehicle so badly that it cannot be repaired , or it would cost too much to repair : The car was completely written off. → See also write-off
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