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Definition of the verb set off

What does set off mean as a doing phrase?


  1. put in motion or move to act
  2. leave
  3. direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
  4. cause to burst with a violent release of energy
  5. make up for
  6. set in motion or cause to begin
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: begin / commence / lead off / start = set in motion, cause to start
  7. provoke or stir up

Alternative definition of the verb set off


  1. [idiomatic, intransitive] To leave; to begin a journey or trip.
  2. [idiomatic, transitive] To begin; to cause; to initiate.
  3. [idiomatic, transitive] To cause to explode.
  4. [idiomatic, transitive] To make angry.
  5. [idiomatic, transitive] To offset, to compensate for: to reduce the effect of, by having a contrary effect.


"Set off" is a film.

  • country: China
  • language: Standard Chinese
  • genre: Chinese Movies


"Set Off" is a musical EP of Hallucinogen.

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  1. Set Off a.k.a. Set-off: In law, a set-off is a statutory defense to the whole or to a portion of a plaintiff's claim. A setoff is the common law right of a creditor to balance mutual debts with a debtor. In bookkeeping terms, setoffs are also known as reconciliations. To determine a setoff, simply subtract the smaller debt from the larger. Any balance remaining due either of the parties is still owed, but the remainder of the mutual debts has been set off.
  2. Set Off a.k.a. Set-off: In printing, set-off is the term given to the unwanted transfer of ink from one printed sheet to another. The problem can occur with most types of printing, and is avoided by the use of slipsheets between copies or anti-set-off spray powder.
  3. Set Off a.k.a. Set-off: In architecture and masonry, the term set-off is given to the horizontal line shown on a floorplan indicating a reduced wall thickness, and consequently the part of the thicker portion appears projecting before the thinner. In plinths, this is generally simply chamfered. In other parts of stonework, the set-off is generally concealed by a projecting stringer. Where, as in parapets, the upper part projects the lower, the break is generally hid by a corbel watertable. The portions of buttress caps which recede one behind another are also called sets-off.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Set off

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Google previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

Cabral set off for Lisbon in 1945 to study agricultural engineering.

Google previewThe Million Word Crossword Dictionary (2010)

by Stanley Newman, Daniel Stark

launch, let rip, set off, set out, spring, tackle, wade in 7 aggress, develop, go ahead, jump off, kick off, lead off, preface, take off, usher in 8 activate, commence, embark on, get going, initiate, set about, set forth, touch off 9 actualize, come forth , ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1881)

by Richard Soule

Depart, go, start, set out, set off, be off, get off. Pact, n. Compact, contract, agreement, bargain, covenant, stipulation, convention, concordant. Pad, n. 1. Cushion. 2. Horse (for the saddle), saddlehorse. Pace, n. 1. Step, tread. ...

Google previewA Pocket Dictionary of the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank Notes, Checks, [etc.] (1808)

With an Appendix, Containing Abstracts of Acts and Select Cases Relative to Negotiable Securities, Analysis of a Count in Assumpsit, Tables of Notarial Fees, Stamps, Postage, [etc.] by John Irving Maxwell

rupt may therefore set off a bill or note ...

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Usage statistics about set off

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb set off:


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Quotes about Set off

The only insignificant thing about Mr. Opp was himself. His slight, undeveloped body seemed to be in a chronic state of apology for failing properly to set off the glorious raiment wherewith it was clothed. (Alice Hegan Rice)
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