zero out

phrasal verb

zeroed out; zeroing out; zeroes out
US
1
: to reduce the amount of (something) to zero
Be sure to zero out the account before you switch banks.
2
: to remove (something) completely
This program will be zeroed out in the budget for next year.
New legislation will zero out further funding for the project.

Examples of zero out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act in 2022 created a new 15 percent minimum tax on corporations, responding to liberal criticism over the dozens of large firms that used deductions to zero out their tax liability. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 But only one thing will actually bend that curve and halt the warming: zeroing out carbon emissions. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 12 Feb. 2024 Many still hope to zero out their utility bill by selling excess power generated through their solar panels back to the utility company. Kyle Russell, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2024 However, if you’re motivated by seeing zeroed out balances, wiping out smaller debts could be the best step to take. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 29 Feb. 2024 Just as my home state Massachusetts does with its ambitious climate plan for meeting its goals for zeroing out climate pollution by 2050 that includes programs for cleaning up the power sector, making our buildings more energy efficient, and reducing pollution from cars and trucks. Mindy Lubber, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 What’s turbocharged the disquiet among farmers in Europe is the ambitious Green Deal, a package of EU legislation designed to zero out pollution by 2050. Nayla Razzouk, Fortune Europe, 13 Feb. 2024 Over the last year, Amazon retreated from an effort to zero out the emissions of half its shipments by 2030. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2023 The previously negative coefficient, a marker of the remote work disadvantage, not only zeroes out but takes a surprising leap into positive territory. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2024

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“Zero out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zero%20out. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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