set off

verb

Definition of set off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put in relief :  show up by contrastb :  adorn, embellishc :  to set apart :  make distinct or outstanding

  3. 2a :  offset, compensate more variety in the Lancashire weather to set off its most disagreeable phases — Geog. Jour.b :  to make a setoff of the respective totals shall be set off against one another — O. R. Hobson

  4. 3a :  to set in motion :  cause to beginb :  to cause to explode

  5. 4 :  to measure off on a surface

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to start out on a course or a journey set off for home

First Known Use of set off

circa 1598


Law Dictionary

set off

transitive verb

Legal Definition of set off

  1. :  to reduce or discharge by set-off :  offset



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