set off

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

set off

verb

Definition of SET OFF

transitive verb
1
a :  to put in relief :  show up by contrast
b :  adorn, embellish
c :  to set apart :  make distinct or outstanding
2
a :  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
a :  to set in motion :  cause to begin
b :  to cause to explode
4
:  to measure off on a surface
intransitive verb
:  to start out on a course or a journey <set off for home>

First Known Use of SET OFF

circa 1598

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