set off


set off
verb
1. put in motion or move to act (Freq. 4)
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trigger a reaction

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actuate the circuits

Syn:
Derivationally related forms:
spark (for: ↑spark), ↑activation (for: ↑activate), ↑trigger (for: ↑trigger), ↑actuator (for: ↑actuate), ↑act (for: ↑actuate), ↑actuation (for: ↑actuate), ↑trip (for: ↑trip), ↑tripper (for: ↑trip)
Hypernyms: ↑initiate, ↑pioneer
Cause:
happen, ↑hap, ↑go on, ↑pass off, ↑occur, ↑pass, ↑fall out, ↑come about, ↑take place
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

2. leave (Freq. 3)
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The family took off for Florida

Syn:
depart, ↑part, ↑start, ↑start out, ↑set forth, ↑set out, ↑take off
See Also: ↑part with (for: ↑part)
Derivationally related forms: ↑takeoff (for: ↑take off), ↑parting (for: ↑part), ↑departure (for: ↑depart), ↑departer (for: ↑depart)
Hypernyms: ↑leave, ↑go forth, ↑go away
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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The children set off to the playground

3. cause to burst with a violent release of energy (Freq. 2)
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We exploded the nuclear bomb

Syn: ↑explode, ↑detonate, ↑blow up
Derivationally related forms: ↑blowup (for: ↑blow up), ↑detonative (for: ↑detonate), ↑detonation (for: ↑detonate), ↑detonator (for: ↑detonate), ↑explosion (for: ↑explode)
Hypernyms: ↑change integrity
Hyponyms: ↑fulminate, ↑dynamite
Cause: ↑detonate, ↑explode, ↑blow up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

4. direct attention to, as if by means of contrast (Freq. 2)
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This dress accentuates your nice figure!

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I set off these words by brackets

Syn: ↑bring out
Hypernyms: ↑stress, ↑emphasize, ↑emphasise, ↑punctuate, ↑accent, ↑accentuate
Hyponyms: ↑pick up, ↑foreground, ↑highlight, ↑spotlight, ↑play up, ↑raise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

5. make up for (Freq. 1)
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His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

Syn: ↑cancel, ↑offset
Derivationally related forms: ↑offset (for: ↑offset)
Hypernyms: ↑balance, ↑equilibrate, ↑equilibrize, ↑equilibrise
Hyponyms: ↑counteract, ↑countervail, ↑neutralize, ↑counterbalance
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

6. set in motion or cause to begin (Freq. 1)
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The guide set the tour off to a good start

Hypernyms: ↑begin, ↑lead off, ↑start, ↑commence
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

7. provoke or stir up
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incite a riot

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set off great unrest among the people

Syn: ↑incite, ↑instigate, ↑stir up
Derivationally related forms:
Hypernyms: ↑provoke, ↑stimulate
Hyponyms: ↑raise
Cause: ↑act, ↑move
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody to INFINITIVE

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begin a journey

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set off [phrasal verb]
1 : to begin traveling in a particular direction

We set off for home.

They set off in a different direction.

In the first chapter, the hero sets off on a long voyage across the ocean.

2 set off (something) also set (something) off : to cause (something) to start or happen

set off an explosion

Her comments set off [=touched off] a chain of events that led to two people losing their jobs.

The incident set off a debate about how public land should be used.

3 set off (something) or set (something) off
3 a : to cause (something) to begin making noise

The thick smoke set off the school's fire alarms.

Your watch will probably set the metal detectors off.

3 b : to cause (fireworks, a bomb, etc.) to explode

They were accused of setting off the bomb that destroyed the building.

It was set off by remote control.

3 c : to make (something) easy to see or notice

The blue in your sweater sets off [=accents] your eyes.

Bright yellow police tape set off the area where the crime occurred.

a quote set off by quotation marks

4 set (someone) off : to cause (someone) to suddenly start yelling, crying, laughing, etc.

I wonder what set her off.

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Main Entry:set

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ˌset ˈoff derived
to begin a journey

We set off for London just after ten.

Main entry:setderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Synonyms:

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