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off

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adverb \ˈȯf\

Definition of off

  1. 1a (1) :  from a place or position march off; specifically :  away from land ship stood off to sea (2) :  at a distance in space or time stood 10 paces off a long way offb :  from a course :  aside turned off into a bypath; specifically :  away from the wind The ship eased off a point or two.c :  into an unconscious state dozed off

  2. 2a :  so as to be separated from support rolled to the edge of the table and off or close contact blew the lid off the handle came offb :  so as to be divided surface marked off into squares

  3. 3a :  to a state of discontinuance or suspension shut off an engineb —used as an intensifier drink off a glass finish it off

  4. 4 :  in absence from or suspension of regular work or service take time off for lunch

  5. 5 :  offstage The actor turns and goes off.

Examples of off in a Sentence

  1. She put on her jacket and off she went.

  2. The car turned off onto a side street.

Origin and Etymology of off

Middle English of, from Old English — more at of


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off

preposition

Definition of off

  1. 1a —used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union take it off the table a path off the main walk a shop just off the main streetb :  to seaward of two miles off shore

  2. 2 :  from the possession or charge of had his wallet stolen off him

  3. 3 —used as a function word to indicate the object of an action borrowed a dollar off him dined off oysters

  4. 4a —used as a function word to indicate the suspension of an occupation or activity off duty off liquorb :  below the usual standard or level of off his game

Examples of off in a Sentence

  1. She is still living off her parents.

  2. The family lives off welfare.

  3. They live off the land.

  4. They make their living off tourism.

Origin and Etymology of off

see 1off


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off

adjective

Definition of off

  1. 1a :  seawardb :  rightc :  more removed or distant the off side of the building

  2. 2a :  started on the way off on a spreeb :  not taking place or staying in effect :  canceled the deal was offc :  not operatingd :  not placed so as to permit operation

  3. 3a :  not corresponding to fact :  incorrect off in his reckoningb :  poor, subnormalc :  not entirely sane :  eccentricd :  remote, slight an off chance

  4. 4a :  spent off duty reading on his off daysb :  marked by a periodic decline in activity or business traveled in the off season for lower prices

  5. 5a :  off-colorb :  inferior off grade of oil; also :  affected with putrefactionc :  down stocks were off

  6. 6 :  circumstanced worse off

Examples of off in a Sentence

  1. The lever is in the off position.

  2. He is off playing golf.

  3. She is off on a trip.

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Origin and Etymology of off

see 1off


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off

verb

Definition of off

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to go away :  depart —used chiefly as an imperative Off, or I'll shoot!

  3. transitive verb
  4. slang :  kill, murder

Examples of off in a Sentence

  1. The movie is about a gangster who gets power by offing his rivals.

  2. the hit man bragged that he'd offed at least three people in the last year alone

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Origin and Etymology of off

see 1off


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off

abbreviation

Definition of off

  1. office; officer; official


-off

noun combining form \ˌȯf\

Definition of -off

  1. :  competition :  contest bake-off

Origin and Etymology of -off

runoff


OFF Defined for English Language Learners

off

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adverb

Definition of off for English Language Learners

  • : away from a place

  • : away from a main road, path, etc.

  • : at a distance in time or space

off

preposition

Definition of off for English Language Learners

  • —used to indicate separation, distance, or removal from someone or something

  • : on money, food, energy, etc., supplied by (someone or something)

  • —used to indicate something that someone is no longer doing or using

off

adjective

Definition of off for English Language Learners

  • : not attached to or covering something : not on

  • : not operating, functioning, or flowing

  • : in a position that stops the flow of electricity, water, etc.

off

verb

Definition of off for English Language Learners

  • : to kill or murder (someone)


OFF Defined for Kids

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off

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adverb \ˈȯf\

Definition of off for Students

  1. 1 :  from a place or position He got angry and marched off.

  2. 2 :  from a course :  aside The driver turned off onto a side street.

  3. 3 :  so as not to be supported, covering or enclosing, or attached I jumped off. The lid blew off. The handle fell off.

  4. 4 :  so as to be discontinued or finished Turn the radio off. The couple paid off their debts.

  5. 5 :  away from work I took the day off.


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off

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preposition

Definition of off for Students

  1. 1 :  away from the surface or top of Take those books off the table.

  2. 2 :  at the expense of I lived off my parents.

  3. 3 :  released or freed from The officer was off duty.

  4. 4 :  below the usual level of We can save a dollar off the price.

  5. 5 :  away from The hotel is just off the highway.


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off

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adjective

Definition of off for Students

  1. 1 :  not operating or flowing The radio is off. The electricity is off.

  2. 2 :  not attached to or covering The lid is off.

  3. 3 :  started on the way They're off on a trip.

  4. 4 :  not taking place The game is off.

  5. 5 :  not correct :  wrong Your guess is way off.

  6. 6 :  not as good as usual He's having an off day.

  7. 7 :  provided for His family is well off.

  8. 8 :  small in degree :  slight There's an off chance I'll win.

  9. 9 :  away from home or work He's off fishing.



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