sign off


Definition of sign off 

intransitive verb

1 : to announce the end of something (such as a message or broadcast)

2 : to approve or acknowledge something by or as if by a signature sign off on a memo

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Other Words from sign off

sign-off \ ˈsī-​ˌnȯf \ noun

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And while Sheldon instigated all of this, Siebert should have done his due diligence before signing off on such a major development. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 18 Oct. 2018 Swift continued by pledging to vote for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives, before signing off her post by imploring followers to vote. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Mike Huckabee Got Dragged for a Tweet About the Age of Taylor Swift's Fans," 8 Oct. 2018 Eric Trump, who is running the company with his brother in Mr. Trump’s absence, then tasked a Trump Organization staff attorney in California with signing off on the arbitration paperwork, these people said. Michael Rothfeld, WSJ, "Trump Directed Legal Action to Enforce Stormy Daniels’s Hush Agreement," 2 Oct. 2018 And late last year, an investigation revealed the city filed false paperwork on lead paint inspections, with authorities signing off on inspections that never happened. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 More recently, the town council criticized Collins for not signing off on a grant that would have off set the costs of the town hall renovation project. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Newington Superintendent Resigns," 26 June 2018 Jackson took responsibility for signing off on the salary bumps (Greenwire, April 10). Robin Bravender, Science | AAAS, "Obama official would have led EPA’s climate science debate—if all agencies took part," 13 June 2018 Shack said that his office offers guidance to payroll directors at the state’s 151 departments, but that payroll directors are responsible for signing off on the accuracy of their accounts. Kay Lazar,, "Despite warning, MassDOT continued toll-free perk for workers, retirees," 8 June 2018 Operational decisions are made below Coats’ level–he’s not charged with signing off on drone strikes or covert break-ins. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "Intelligence Director Dan Coats Is the Mild-Mannered Force the Trump Administration Needs," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of sign off

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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