give off


gave off; given off; giving off; gives off

transitive verb

: to send out as a branch
: emit
gave off an unpleasant smell

intransitive verb

: to branch off

Examples of give off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The space between the cameras inside the module is the same light blue of the rest of the phone, but the glass covering the module gives off a shimmer that appears almost metallic in certain lighting conditions. Sarah Lord, PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Her entire look was a shade of deep red that gave off major Valentine's Day vibes. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 21 Jan. 2024 The candle’s premium-grade paraffin wax has a 100 percent natural wick fiber that gives off a clean, even burn that can last for up to 150 hours. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2024 The circuit is designed to sense levels of microRNA—molecules that naturally regulate gene expression and give off different signatures in cancer cells versus healthy ones. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 22 Jan. 2024 And a tanning bed is not a great stand-in: Psoriasis is treated with UVB light, and tanning beds give off mostly UVA light. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 22 Jan. 2024 The first wave was expected to give off beneficial rainfall from the late afternoon Friday until Saturday evening. Austin Turner, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 The album itself starts off with an acoustic number that gives off a personal vibe. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2024 It was found due to the mortality signal given off by the collar. Paul Smith, Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of give off was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Give off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

give off

: emit sense 1a
gave off a sweet smell

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