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 for offshoot


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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The money management behemoth has risen from a small offshoot of private-equity firm Blackstone Group in 1988 to a sprawling giant that touches nearly all parts of the financial ecosystem today. Justin Baer, WSJ, "BlackRock Cutting Roughly 500 Jobs," 10 Jan. 2019 This is, of course, an offshoot of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, which uses over 450 attributes to describe songs, along with complex algorithms to categorize and then suggest them to users. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Pandora launches podcasts with personalized recommendations," 6 Dec. 2018 New York favorites like Shake Shack and La Chula, an offshoot of Julian Medina’s Harlem bar and taqueria, are here, along with an Irving Farm coffee bar, known for its specialty roasts. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Is Slowly Getting Better, Starting With Terminal B," 5 Dec. 2018 The Druze, who follow an offshoot of Shiite Islam, have managed to survive in a turbulent region by showing allegiance to their country of residence — sometimes at the cost of fighting other Druze on the battlefield. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israeli military faces Druze uproar over Jewish nation law," 1 Aug. 2018 In recent weeks, members of an Islamic State offshoot in Deir al-Zour have posted messages on social media complaining that Baghdadi has removed himself from the field of battle. Joby Warrick And Souad Mekhennet,, "Clues suggest ISIS leader is still alive — and busy with a chilling new mission," 19 May 2018 This time Tillerson’s focus will be largely on bolstering U.S. ties with allies combating an Islamic State offshoot in the Sahel region and Al Shabab militants in Somalia. Nick Wadhams,, "Tillerson Heads to Africa With Security, Not Aid, as U.S. Focus," 7 Mar. 2018 Silver loading is an offshoot of Mr. Trump’s decision in 2017 to end payments to insurers that offset their costs of providing financial help to some low-income consumers. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump’s Proposed ACA Rules Could Lift Costs for Millions of People," 17 Jan. 2019 What began with Teresa Shook’s Facebook post in 2016 has, at this point, evolved into a movement that’s bigger than Women’s March, March On, or any of its other offshoots. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 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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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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