Definitions for set off

Definitions for (verb) set off

Main entry: explode, blow up, detonate, set off

Definition: cause to burst with a violent release of energy

Usage: We exploded the nuclear bomb

Main entry: set off

Definition: set in motion or cause to begin

Usage: The guide set the tour off to a good start

Main entry: set off, bring out

Definition: direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

Usage: This dress accentuates your nice figure!; I set off these words by brackets

Main entry: set off, incite, instigate, stir up

Definition: provoke or stir up

Usage: incite a riot; set off great unrest among the people

Main entry: set off, spark, spark off, activate, actuate, trigger, trigger off, trip, touch off

Definition: put in motion or move to act

Usage: trigger a reaction; actuate the circuits

Main entry: depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off

Definition: leave

Usage: The family took off for Florida

Main entry: offset, set off, cancel

Definition: make up for

Usage: His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

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