charge off


charged off; charging off; charges off

transitive verb

: to treat as a loss or expense
charge-off noun

Examples of charge off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Defendants still awaiting trial could take tougher stances with prosecutors in plea talks if the Supreme Court takes the charge off the table. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 The first came when Alex Morgan got behind the defense and found herself with only the goalie to beat, but Luciana charged off her line to break up the play. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Earlier, the inspector general found an additional $1.1 billion in unpaid PPP loans that the government had charged off as a loss and never referred to the Treasury Department for collection activities. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 In the high-stakes arena of the National Football League, Cathy Lanier, former D.C. police chief, is leading the charge off the field as the NFL's head of security. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2023 In data later furnished to its top watchdog, the SBA estimated in May that there were 1.3 million EIDL loans that were past due, in liquidation or charged off at the time. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 Former President Donald Trump last fall rejected a proposal from one of his attorneys who was attempting to keep charges off the table in special counsel Jack Smith's probe into Trump's handling of classified documents, multiple sources told ABC News. John Santucci, ABC News, 15 June 2023 However, the lender can charge off an auto loan earlier. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022 Lenders most commonly charge off car debt for tax purposes. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of charge off was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Charge off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

charge off

transitive verb
: to treat as a loss or expense
specifically : to deduct as a bad debt
part of the debt is charged off Code of Federal Regulations
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