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Definition 1: cause to burst with a violent release of energy - [verb of change]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We exploded the nuclear bomb

Synonyms for set off in the sense of this definition

(set off is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

(... is a kind of set off ) cause to explode violently and with loud noise

(... is a kind of set off ) blow up with dynamite

"The rock was dynamited"

(set off causes ...) burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction

"the bomb detonated at noon" "The Molotov cocktail exploded"

Definition 2: set in motion or cause to begin - [verb of change]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The guide set the tour off to a good start

(set off is a kind of ...) set in motion, cause to start

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

Definition 3: direct attention to, as if by means of contrast - [verb of change]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for set off in the sense of this definition

(set off is a kind of ...) to stress, single out as important

"Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

(... is a kind of set off ) lift out or reflect from a background

"The scarf picks up the color of the skirt" "His eyes picked up his smile"

(... is a kind of set off ) move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

"The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"

(... is a kind of set off ) bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project

"raised edges"

Definition 4: provoke or stir up - [verb of communication]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • incite a riot
  • set off great unrest among the people

Synonyms for set off in the sense of this definition

(set off is a kind of ...) provide the needed stimulus for

(... is a kind of set off ) activate or stir up

"raise a mutiny"

(set off causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 5: put in motion or move to act - [verb of creation]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • trigger a reaction
  • actuate the circuits

Synonyms for set off in the sense of this definition

(set off is a kind of ...) take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

(set off causes ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

Definition 6: leave - [verb of motion]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The family took off for Florida

Synonyms for set off in the sense of this definition

(set off is a kind of ...) go away from a place

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

(... is a kind of set off ) depart from the ground

"The plane took off two hours late"

(... is a kind of set off ) leave

"The car roared off into the fog"

(... is a kind of set off ) move rapidly and as if blazing

"The spaceship blazed out into space"

(... is a kind of set off ) set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner

Definition 7: make up for - [verb of stative]

Samples where set off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

Synonyms for set off in the sense of this definition

(set off is a kind of ...) bring into balance or equilibrium

"She has to balance work and her domestic duties" "balance the two weights"

(... is a kind of set off ) oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

"This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

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