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

Examples of give off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Known for their forgiving fits that flatter the curves of a woman’s body, high-waist bottoms give off a sense of comfort and security, nipping and tucking in just the right places. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 16 June 2022 The sage, wild basil, fenugreek, and other herbs give off a soothing scent throughout the day, acting as wearable aromatherapy. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2022 Sometimes dandruff shampoos can just give off a sad vibe. ELLE, 11 June 2022 Looking to give off a mysterious vibe this Halloween? Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Though her on-stage persona might give off that unpenetrable boss vibe, Chlöe knows that even her alter ego can't be perfect, and that's OK. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 12 May 2022 The lights definitely give off an elegant and romantic vibe, so whip them out on date night, or for drinks with good friends. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2022 Her looks always give off that e-girl flare and the latest is no exception. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 13 Jan. 2022 Martin and Johnson, who first got together over four years ago, give off the air of the most popular couple at your high school. Emma Specter, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of give off

1831, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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23 Jun 2022

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“Give off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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