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write-off

(rīt′ôf′, -ŏf′)
n. Accounting
1.
a. A cancellation of a worthless asset from a balance sheet.
b. The amount canceled or lost.
2. A downward adjustment in earnings or in the value of an asset on account of a loss or expense: a tax write-off for business expenses.

write′-off`



n.
1. a cancellation from the accounts as a loss.
2. a reduction in book value; depreciation.
3. a person or thing that is given up as hopeless or pointless.
[1745–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.write-off - (accounting) reduction in the book value of an asset
accounting - a system that provides quantitative information about finances
wear and tear, depreciation - decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
deduction, tax deduction, tax write-off - a reduction in the gross amount on which a tax is calculated; reduces taxes by the percentage fixed for the taxpayer's income bracket
2.write-off - the act of cancelling from an account a bad debt or a worthless asset
cancellation - the act of cancelling; calling off some arrangement
Translations

write-off

[ˈraɪtɒf] N
1. (= vehicle) → siniestro m total
his car was a complete write-offel coche fue declarado siniestro total, el coche quedó siniestro total
2. (Comm) → anulación f en libros, cancelación f en libros
3. (Fin) → cancelación f (de una deuda considerada incobrable)
he proposed a complete write-off of debtpropuso cancelar totalmente la deuda
4. (= disaster) → desastre m, fracaso m
the whole afternoon was a write-offla tarde entera fue un desastre or fracaso

write-off

[ˈraɪtˌɒf] n (Comm) → perdita (fig) (car) → rottame m
the car is a write-off → la macchina è ridotta ad un rottame
References in classic literature ?
But if the task were, not to write off the English Bible, but to learn a language utterly unlike all other tongues, a language which hitherto had never been learned, except by the Indians themselves, from their mothers' lips,--a language never written, and the strange words of which seemed inexpressible by letters,--if the task were, first to learn this new variety of speech, and then to translate the Bible into it, and to do it so carefully that not one idea throughout the holy book should be changed,--what would induce you to undertake this toil?
"The owners write off twenty per cent of the cost of their schooners each year."
The write offs in the past six months are 54 percent higher than the INR360bn written off in the same period last year.