offshoot

noun
off·​shoot | \ ˈȯf-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

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 for offshoot

Synonyms

outgrowth, shoot, sprout

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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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Big man DeAndre Henry is transferring to the Valley's news prep basketball academy, PHHoenix Prep, which is an offshoot of the AAU club program Powerhouse Hoops. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Mountain Pointe hires basketball coach, loses top big man to Powerhouse prep team," 7 June 2019 AZ Patriots, an offshoot of the group that formed earlier this year, did not respond to messages sent via email and Facebook. Washington Post, "Federal lawsuit filed against Arizona anti-immigrant groups," 4 June 2019 An offshoot of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has committed $200,000 to the effort. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Unusual Alliance Leads Congestion-Pricing Movement," 21 Feb. 2019 That offshoot of the London-Moscow diplomatic dispute feeds the uncertainty at Chelsea. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Maurizio Sarri isolated at Chelsea after fans turn on him," 19 Feb. 2019 Nigeria’s government now acknowledges an extremist resurgence, this time by a Boko Haram offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province, the IS group’s largest presence outside the Middle East, estimated to have more than 3,000 fighters. Haruna Umar, The Seattle Times, "Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls," 12 Feb. 2019 Photos courtesy Ori Earlier this year, the MIT offshoot Ori launched an all-in-one robotic furniture system that made tiny apartments feel a little less tiny. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ori’s new robotic furniture includes a bed that drops from the ceiling," 14 Nov. 2018 To aid in their search, the family is working with local nonprofit organizations like California Farm Link, Slow Money (an offshoot of the Slow Food movement) and Food System 6. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Pioneering Marshall’s Farm looking to pass on legacy of natural honey in Bay Area," 12 June 2018 Likely, it was developed as an offshoot of ceramic-glaze production. Doug Main, The Atlantic, "Humankind’s Most Important Material," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of offshoot

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of offshoot was in 1710

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offshoot

noun

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

offshoot

noun
off·​shoot | \ ˈof-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

Kids Definition of offshoot

: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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