sign off

signed off; signing off; signs 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 How to pronounce sign-off (audio) \ noun

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Principals, who are in charge of instruction at their schools, will have to sign off on the liaison’s reports three times a year, Albano said. Lois K. Solomon,, "Holocaust education is a giant jumble in Florida," 19 July 2019 President Obama had to sign off on all cyberattacks, but in August, 2018, Congress passed a military-authorization bill that allowed some cyberattacks to be authorized by the Secretary of Defense. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "How Cyber Weapons Are Changing the Landscape of Modern Warfare," 18 July 2019 But there’s been so much talk about a possible agreement that this week multiple court filings sought injunctions against Morales and his officials signing off on such a deal. Sonia Perez D.,, "Guatemala seen as ill-prepared to absorb US-bound refugees," 13 July 2019 Their players, whose union almost certainly would have to sign off on the plan, would have to split their seasons between cities, at great disruption to their family lives. Matt Bonesteel,, "Rays’ city-sharing plan has problems, but team’s owner calls it an ‘amazing idea’," 26 June 2019 Combating homelessness has been a rare area of bipartisan agreement in recent years and lawmakers from both parties signed off on seven bills that together could provide nearly $4 million to deal with the issue. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Assembly approves bills on homelessness, regulation of 5G technology," 18 June 2019 California’s regulatory regime is enough to give anyone the jitters, so good news that the state signed off Monday on a new rule admitting that coffee won’t kill you. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Coffee Doesn’t Kill After All," 5 June 2019 University heads must sign off on what happens in the greenhouse and the doors are kept locked. High School Journalism Institute,, "Oregon grows to top of new global hemp industry," 20 July 2019 The Maine Public Utilities Commission also gave its approval, but several other agencies must sign off on the project. Washington Post, "Court deals major blow to hydropower transmission line," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of sign off

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sign off was in 1923

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a period when something is suspended

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