go off

verb

Definition of go off

1 : explode
2 : to burst forth or break out suddenly or noisily
3 : to go forth, out, or away : leave
4 : to undergo decline or deterioration
5 : to follow the expected or desired course : proceed
  • the party went off well
6 : to make a characteristic noise : sound
  • could hear the alarm going off
go off the deep end
1 : to enter recklessly on a course
2 : to become very much excited

Examples of go off in a Sentence

  1. specialists were able to deactivate the bomb before it went off

  2. the wedding went off without so much as a single glitch

First Known Use of go off

1579

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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