Synonyms for set off

Synonyms for (verb) set off

Synonyms: explode, blow up, detonate, set off

Definition: cause to burst with a violent release of energy

Usage: We exploded the nuclear bomb

Similar words: change integrity

Definition: change in physical make-up


Synonyms: set off

Definition: set in motion or cause to begin

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

Similar words: commence, start, lead off, begin

Definition: set in motion, cause to start

Usage: The U.S. started a war in the Middle East; The Iraqis began hostilities; begin a new chapter in your life


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: punctuate, accent, accentuate, stress, emphasise, emphasize

Definition: to stress, single out as important

Usage: Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet


Synonyms: set off, incite, instigate, stir up

Definition: provoke or stir up

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

Similar words: provoke, stimulate

Definition: provide the needed stimulus for


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: initiate, pioneer

Definition: take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

Usage: This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants


Synonyms: depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off

Definition: leave

Usage: The family took off for Florida

Similar words: leave, go away, go forth

Definition: go away from a place

Usage: At what time does your train leave?; She didn't leave until midnight; The ship leaves at midnight


Synonyms: offset, set off, cancel

Definition: make up for

Usage: His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

Similar words: balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

Definition: bring into balance or equilibrium

Usage: She has to balance work and her domestic duties; balance the two weights