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off

play
adverb \ ˈȯf \

Definition of off

1 a (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 off
b :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 a :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 off
b :so as to be divided
  • surface marked off into squares
3 a :to a state of discontinuance or suspension
  • shut off an engine
b used as an intensifier
  • drink off a glass
  • finish it off
4 :in absence from or suspension of regular work or service
  • take time off for lunch
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.

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Origin and Etymology of off

Middle English of, from Old English — more at of

off Synonyms

Synonyms
down, fro, hence, away, out
Related Words
apart, aside, elsewhere; abroad, afar, afield, astray

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off

preposition

Definition of off

1 a 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 street
b :to seaward of
  • two miles off shore
2 :from the possession or charge of
  • had his wallet stolen off him
3 used as a function word to indicate the object of an action
  • borrowed a dollar off him
  • dined off oysters
4 a used as a function word to indicate the suspension of an occupation or activity
  • off duty
  • off liquor
b :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 a :seaward
b :right
c :more removed or distant
  • the off side of the building
2 a :started on the way
  • off on a spree
b :not taking place or staying in effect :canceled
  • the deal was off
c :not operating
d :not placed so as to permit operation
3 a :not corresponding to fact :incorrect
  • off in his reckoning
c :not entirely sane :eccentric
d :remote, slight
  • an off chance
4 a :spent off duty
  • reading on his off days
b :marked by a periodic decline in activity or business
  • traveled in the off season for lower prices
5 a :off-color
b :inferior
  • off grade of oil
; also :affected with putrefaction
c :down
  • stocks were off
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

off Synonyms

Synonyms
bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, bad, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], wanting, wretched, wrong
Antonyms
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable
Related Words
abysmal, atrocious, awful, bitchin' [slang], brutal, damnable, deplorable, detestable, disastrous, dreadful, execrable, gnarly [slang], horrendous, horrible, pathetic, stinky, sucky [slang], terrible, unspeakable; defective, faulty, flawed; egregious, flagrant, gross; bum, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy [slang], cut-rate, junky, lesser, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, reprehensible, rotten, rubbishy, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, trashy; abominable, odious, vile; useless, valueless, worthless; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, meager (or meagre), mean, miserly, niggardly, scanty, shabby, short, skimp, skimpy, spare, stingy; miscreant, scurrilous, villainous; counterfeit, fake, phony (also phoney), sham
Near Antonyms
classic, classical; A1, bang-up, banner, boss [slang], capital, choice, crackerjack, dandy, divine, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-test, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, perfect, premium, prime, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special, sufficient; average, borderline, fair, mediocre, middling, minimal, so-so, unexceptional; suitable, useful, worthy; gratifying, satisfying

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off

verb

Definition of off

intransitive verb
:to go away :depart used chiefly as an imperative
  • Off, or I'll shoot!
transitive verb
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

office; officer; official

-off

noun combining form \ ˌȯf \

Definition of -off

:competition :contest
  • bake-off

Origin and Etymology of -off

runoff


OFF Defined for English Language Learners

off

play
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

play
adverb \ ˈȯf \

Definition of off for Students

1 :from a place or position
  • He got angry and marched off.
2 :from a course :aside
  • The driver turned off onto a side street.
3 :so as not to be supported, covering or enclosing, or attached
  • I jumped off.
  • The lid blew off.
  • The handle fell off.
4 :so as to be discontinued or finished
  • Turn the radio off.
  • The couple paid off their debts.
5 :away from work
  • I took the day off.

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off

preposition

Definition of off for Students

1 :away from the surface or top of
  • Take those books off the table.
2 :at the expense of
  • I lived off my parents.
3 :released or freed from
  • The officer was off duty.
4 :below the usual level of
  • We can save a dollar off the price.
5 :away from
  • The hotel is just off the highway.

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off

adjective

Definition of off for Students

1 :not operating or flowing
  • The radio is off.
  • The electricity is off.
2 :not attached to or covering
  • The lid is off.
3 :started on the way
  • They're off on a trip.
4 :not taking place
  • The game is off.
5 :not correct :wrong
  • Your guess is way off.
6 :not as good as usual
  • He's having an off day.
7 :provided for
  • His family is well off.
8 :small in degree :slight
  • There's an off chance I'll win.
9 :away from home or work
  • He's off fishing.

off.

abbreviation

Definition of off. for Students

office


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