give off

gave off; given off; giving off; gives off

Definition of give off

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to branch off

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Most women in low-income countries still cook using the three-stone stove, which gives off incredibly toxic fumes. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Why Everything From Transit to iPhones Is Biased Toward Men," 2 July 2019 On June 23, the Viva Glam French Silk lipstick, which gives off a nude lip, will retail on the brand’s website for $19. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "It's Going Down: Mary J. Blige Teams Up With MAC To Release A Nude Lipstick," 21 June 2019 Sitting in this strip-mall coffee shop in Springfield, Mo., the 38-year-old gives off the vibe of a patient high school teacher. Time, "This Bitcoin-Trading Family Man Faced Years in Prison. Now He’s Telling His Story," 1 Mar. 2018 In Mitchell’s contemporary reworking, Page’s Hades gives off a predatory chill with his Leonard Cohen-esque rumbling. Charles Mcnulty,, "Why ‘Hadestown’ deserves the Tony Award for best musical of the year," 3 June 2019 In a chemical change, a new substance is formed and energy is either given off or absorbed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Can You Ace This 5th Grade Science Test?," 29 Aug. 2018 The smolder that guy gives off as a '90s indie star is unreal, like, c’mon. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "An Ode to Keanu Reeves, the One Man in Hollywood We Can All Agree On," 1 June 2019 While some people might have been tempted to lean into garments that give off a sort of metropolitan Parisian sheen, Boogie instead stayed true to his roots. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet the Bronx-Born Rapper Poised to Become the Fashion World’s New Muse," 22 Jan. 2019 The pop singer slash actress slash meat-dress connoisseur wore an Alexander McQueen gown—not just any gown, but a ruffled, gilded one from the brand's Fall 2013 collection that's giving off major Shakespearean vibes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Went Full-On Shakespeare at the London Premiere of A Star Is Born," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of give off

1831, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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