give off

verb
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 Strangers stop and comment on its slick looking design, whereas many other e-bikes in this price range give off a dork vibe. Washington Post, "It’s okay if you weren’t paying attention to gadgets in 2020. Here are the best ones you missed.," 30 Nov. 2020 Both the filmmaking and the setting give off throwback vibes in this engaging romance. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream during the holidays: 'Wonder Woman 1984' on HBO Max, Pixar's 'Soul' on Disney+," 23 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the kitchen's round oven and vent hood give off major flying saucer vibes. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Elvis Presley's Iconic Palm Springs Honeymoon House Has Sold — See Inside," 15 Dec. 2020 In a recent study published in the journal Mammalia, scientists found that when illuminated by ultraviolet (UV) light—a spectrum of light not visible to human eyes—the pelts of platypuses give off a blue-green glow. National Geographic, "We knew platypuses were incredible. Now we know they glow, too," 11 Nov. 2020 When the countdown clock hit zero, the SN8 fired up all three of its massive Raptor rocket engines, each of which can give off up to six times as much thrust as an engine on a Boeing 747, according to SpaceX's website. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Space X's Mars prototype rocket exploded yesterday. Here's what happened on the flight," 10 Dec. 2020 The rooftop fan provides airflow and cooling, while the LEDs give off plenty of light. Will Taylor, Outside Online, "Sprinter vs. Teardrop Trailer: What's Best for Camping?," 28 Nov. 2020 Citrus is indeed bothered by whiteflies, but there are also citrus scale insects that can give off honeydew, so check your plants closely and choose the appropriate insecticide. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: There’s nothing you can do to control burls on trees," 19 Nov. 2020 From there, the lithium ions move between the anode and cathode to recharge or give off energy. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Finally Reveals His Grand Plans to Revolutionize the Battery," 24 Sep. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20off. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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