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 Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy Rising up from vast sandbanks and powerful tides, the rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel gives off an otherworldly appearance in its position off France's northwestern coast in Normandy. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Places in France," 5 Nov. 2019 One type of pyruvate tracer reveals how much carbon is given off during daytime respiration—a key part of the carbon cycle that needs to be better quantified, Werner says. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Unprecedented drought in an artificial ecosystem may reveal how rainforests will cope with climate change," 16 Oct. 2019 In terms of flavor profile, the robusta variety boasts nearly two times the caffeine content of its counterpart and gives off a nutty, full, dark, chocolaty taste. Fortune, "The First U.S. Importer, Roaster, and Distributor of Vietnamese Coffee Talks of Shifting Industry," 29 Sep. 2019 In summer our city is deserted and seems very large, clear and echoing, like an empty city-square; the sky has a milky pallor, limpid but not luminous; the river flows as level as a street and gives off neither humidity nor freshness. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 One group of indigenous Aztec performers walked rhythmically to the beat of a drum as traditional Aztec incense gave off a smoky, distinct aroma. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "West side Diez y Seis parade blends culture, community," 14 Sep. 2019 They each were photographed individually in feminine ruffled designs, then came together to pose in a few mother-daughter pics that give off strong Betty and Sally Draper vibes. Colleen Kratofil,, "January Jones and Kiernan Shipka Have a Mad Men Reunion Modeling for Rodarte's Spring Campaign," 4 Sep. 2019 The colorful racing silks mounted on the walls and the wooden cabinet of mementos gave off an air of tradition and legacy. Vanessa Hua,, "The curious power of a day at the races," 7 June 2019 Its lush vegetation absorbs heat-trapping carbon dioxide and the moisture given off by its trees affects rainfall patterns and climate across South America and beyond. Washington Post, "Brazil’s environmental workers tell of decline before fires," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of give off

1831, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Give off.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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