go off


went off; gone off; going off; goes off

intransitive verb

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

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of go off was in 1579

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“Go off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20off. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

go off

: to burst forth or break out suddenly or noisily
: to take place : proceed
the dance went off as planned

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