go off

verb

Definition of go off 

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of go off in a Sentence

specialists were able to deactivate the bomb before it went off 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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The first known use of go off was in 1579

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