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SET OFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does set off mean? 

SET OFF (verb)
  The verb SET OFF has 7 senses:

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
7. provoke or stir up

  Familiarity information: SET OFF used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SET OFF (verb)


Sense 1set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in motion or move to act

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

trigger off; trigger; touch off; spark off; spark; set off; actuate; activate; trip

Context examples:

trigger a reaction / actuate the circuits

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Cause:

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

take off; start out; set off; set forth; set out; start; part; depart

Context example:

The family took off for Florida

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

go away; go forth; leave (go away from a place)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "set off"):

lift off; take off (depart from the ground)

roar off (leave)

blaze; blaze out (move rapidly and as if blazing)

sally forth; sally out (set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The children set off to the playground


Sense 3set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

set off; bring out

Context examples:

This dress accentuates your nice figure! / I set off these words by brackets

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

accent; accentuate; emphasise; emphasize; punctuate; stress (to stress, single out as important)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "set off"):

pick up (lift out or reflect from a background)

foreground; highlight; play up; spotlight (move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent)

raise (bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to burst with a violent release of energy

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

blow up; detonate; explode; set off

Context example:

We exploded the nuclear bomb

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Cause:

blow up; detonate; explode (burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "set off"):

fulminate (cause to explode violently and with loud noise)

dynamite (blow up with dynamite)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make up for

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

cancel; offset; set off

Context example:

His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

balance; equilibrate; equilibrise; equilibrize (bring into balance or equilibrium)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "set off"):

counteract; counterbalance; countervail; neutralize (oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set in motion or cause to begin

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The guide set the tour off to a good start

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

begin; commence; lead off; start (set in motion, cause to start)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 7set off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provoke or stir up

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

instigate; incite; stir up; set off

Context examples:

incite a riot / set off great unrest among the people

Hypernyms (to "set off" is one way to...):

provoke; stimulate (provide the needed stimulus for)

Cause:

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "set off"):

raise (activate or stir up)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


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