see off

phrasal verb

saw off; seen off; seeing off; sees off
: to go to an airport, train station, etc., with (someone who is leaving) in order to say goodbye
She saw her son off at the train station.
British : to chase or force (someone) away from a place
The police finally saw them off.
British : to defeat or stop (an enemy, opponent, etc.)
They saw off the opposition.

Examples of see off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five of the six tankers seen off the coast of China are either at, or have recently left, repair yards there. Will Daniel, Fortune Europe, 10 July 2024 One of nature's most awe-inspiring creatures, the rare and giant blue whale, was seen off the coast of Massachusetts in a rare back-to-back sighting. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 9 July 2024 She was seen off with an honor walk surrounded by family, friends and medical staff at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 25 June 2024 The full results will trickle in on Monday, when the process of coalition-building will begin as Europe’s centrists seek to put aside their differences to see off a resurgent far right. Christian Edwards, CNN, 9 June 2024 One was previously seen off the coast of Florida in December 2023, although scientists now think this is the same whale just seen near New England. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 Los Blancos pulled off a masterstroke in late 2022 when seeing off competiton from a number of European giants to Palmeiras prodigy Endrick. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Throughout the day Friday, the ship could be seen off Gaza's coast. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 16 Mar. 2024 The American birdied No. 17 twice during a three-way playoff to see off Kevin Kisner and García. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024

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“See off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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