write off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theywrite off
he/she/itwrites off
present participlewriting off
past tensewrote off
past participlewritten off
  1. 1
    [transitive] to say officially that someone does not have to pay an amount of money

    The US government agreed to write off debts of $170 billion.

    1. a.
      to accept that you will not receive money that you hoped someone would give back

      The £500 they have spent will have to be written off.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to decide that someone or something will not succeed and so to stop giving them your attention and energy

    He thought the teachers had written him off.

  3. 3

    write off


    write away

    [intransitive] to write to an organization asking for something
    write off for:

    Why don’t you write off for more details?

  4. 5
    [transitive] to reduce the value of something that you or your business owns to avoid paying too much tax on it

    After five years you can write the equipment off for tax.

See also main entry: write