off·shoot | \ ˈȯf-ˌshüt \

Definition of offshoot 

1a : a collateral or derived branch, descendant, or member : outgrowth

b : a lateral branch (as of a mountain range)

2 : a branch of a main stem especially of a plant

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Synonyms & Antonyms for offshoot


by-product, derivate, derivation, derivative, outgrowth, spin-off


origin, root, source

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Examples of offshoot in a Sentence

The business started as an offshoot of an established fashion design company. we knew the rosebush had survived the harsh winter when it began producing offshoots and turning green again

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The joint is an offshoot of the popular Scaliwags, which features a changing menu with everything from seafood to steak. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018 The sentence for the co-leader of the Knights of Crystal Blade, a fundamentalist offshoot of the Mormon Church, comes after Shaffer told detectives that he was married to the 8-year-old daughter of John Coltharp, another cult member. Emily Davies,, "Utah Men Married Each Other's 7- and 8-Year-Old Daughters — as One Is Sentenced to Prison," 29 June 2018 Curry is the first African-American to serve as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, an offshoot of the Church of England in the United States. Christina Tkacik,, "Episcopal Church leader Michael Curry, a former Baltimore preacher, to speak at royal wedding," 14 May 2018 The first subpoena sought, among other things, email communications between McNeeley, Rourke, and representatives of Hyland Software, OneCommunity and offshoots of OneCommunity. Karen Farkas,, "10th subpoena served on Cuyahoga County administration by corruption investigators," 30 Apr. 2018 Paintings that depicted branches tended to include between two and four offshoots, Horváth tells Geggel. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Artists Have so Much Trouble Painting Lightning," 15 June 2018 So the probe expanded to include an offshoot investigation into whether the President has tried to obstruct justice. Evan Perez, CNN, "Hot Pockets, mismatched chairs and a critical mission: Inside year one of the Mueller investigation," 17 May 2018 For a foundation begun in late 2005 as an offshoot of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, that’s an impressive start. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "A campaign to blitz the country with ‘In God We Trust’ laws takes root," 7 July 2018 The Dead on the Dead Members of the Grateful Dead and its offshoot bands have done multiple interviews with the Union-Tribune over the years. George Varga,, "Mickey Hart talks music, Grateful Dead, rhythm 'trancing' and giving Tipper Gore drum lessons," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of offshoot

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of offshoot

: something (such as a business) that develops from something larger

: a branch that grows on one of the main stems of a plant


off·shoot | \ ˈof-ˌshüt \

Kids Definition of offshoot

: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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