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 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 Forest needed extra time before seeing off third-tier Blackpool 3-2, with Chris Wood scoring the winner in the 110th minute after his team squandered a two-goal lead. Steve Douglas, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 Second half goals from Klara Bühl and Lea Schüller saw off the Dutch challenge, taking the Germans one step closer to recovery from their group-stage elimination at the 2023 World Cup. Neel Shelat, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Several periods of longshore currents produced by northerly winds have been seen off Florida's east coast, said Robert Haley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida. USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2024

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“See off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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