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Definition of spin-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the distribution by a business to its stockholders of particular assets and especially of stock of another company also : the new company created by such a distribution
2 : a collateral or derived product or effect : by-product also : a number of such products the spin-off from the space program
3 : something that is imitative or derivative of an earlier work, product, or establishment especially : a television show starring a character popular in a secondary role of an earlier show

spin off

spun off; spinning off; spins off

Definition of spin off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to establish or produce as a spin-off the company spun off its computer division spin off a new TV series

intransitive verb

: to establish or become a spin-off

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Synonyms & Antonyms for spin-off

Synonyms: Noun

by-product, derivate, derivation, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth

Antonyms: Noun

origin, root, source

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And Gyllenhaal spun off into a career that would grow progressively weirder as time went by. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 This American chemical company spun off of DuPont in July 2015. Fortune, "Chemours," 1 July 2019 Lennar spun off FivePoint Holdings in 2009 as a separate company that now controls Great Park Neighborhoods. Roger Vincent, latimes.com, "City of Hope to invest $1 billion in new Irvine cancer hospital," 25 June 2019 As part of the move, Bridgepoint/Zovio is spinning off Ashford University into an independent, not-for-profit higher education institution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Zovio - formerly Bridgepoint Education - to lay off 248 workers in San Diego," 19 June 2019 When the Jonases broke up in 2013, the JoBros frenzy had diminished to a whisper, and the wheels had been spinning off for a while. Jason Gay, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonas Brothers: From Pop Stars to Rock Stars," 6 June 2019 The company, whose businesses include Fox News; the Fox broadcast network and television stations; and Fox Sports, was spun off from 21st Century Fox and began trading as a separate public company in March. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Fox Profit, Revenue Rise in First Quarter Since Spinoff," 8 May 2019 Tribune Media spun off the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers into Tribune Publishing in 2014, retaining broadcast, real estate and other assets. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Ten years after Tribune Co. 'deal from hell,' Zell and other former execs agree to pay $200 million to settle leveraged buyout lawsuit," 14 June 2019 Thoughts of Dog on Twitter spun off the WeRateDogs account and posts from the perspective of a dog observing his human (or owner), and other activities from his perspective. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Pupdate: Dog-centered social media accounts are taking the internet by storm," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of spin-off


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of spin-off

: a television program, movie, book, etc., that is based on characters from another television program, movie, book, etc.
: a new company created by a large company
: something useful that results from work done to produce something else


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Legal Definition of spin-off

: a transfer of corporate assets to a subsidiary in return for a distribution to the shareholders of the corporation of all of the stock or controlling stock of the subsidiary without surrender of any stock by the shareholders of the corporation : a D reorganization involving a distribution of the stock of another company to the corporation's shareholders also : a new company created by such a distribution — compare split-off, split-up

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