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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysign off
he/she/itsigns off
present participlesigning off
past tensesigned off
past participlesigned off

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  1. to end a broadcast on television or radio
    They always signed off with ‘It’s goodnight from me’ – ‘And it’s goodnight from him’.
    1. a.
      to end a letter
      She signed off , ‘Yours sincerely, Clare Smith’.
    2. c.
      business to officially approve of something or to officially agree that something has been completed in a satisfactory way by signing your name
      sign something off: You don’t do any overtime until someone has signed it off.
      sign off something: The auditors signed off the accounts.
    3. d.
      British to give someone a medical certificate saying that they are too ill to work
      sign someone off: The doctor has signed her off for another month.
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