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set off

verb

Definition of set off

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to put in relief :  show up by contrastb :  adorn, embellishc :  to set apart :  make distinct or outstanding

    2. 2a :  offset, compensate <more variety in the Lancashire weather to set off its most disagreeable phases — Geographical Journal>b :  to make a setoff of <the respective totals shall be set off against one another — O. R. Hobson>

    3. 3a :  to set in motion :  cause to beginb :  to cause to explode

    4. 4 :  to measure off on a surface

    5. intransitive verb
    6. :  to start out on a course or a journey <set off for home>



    Circa 1598

    First Known Use of set off

    circa 1598


    Law Dictionary

    set off

    transitive verb

    Legal Definition of set off

    1. :  to reduce or discharge by set-off :  offset





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