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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

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of spin-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Zoetis, which makes medicines, vaccines, and other products, was spun off from Pfizer in 2013 and joined the Fortune 500 in 2019. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "The CEO who keeps animal pharm growing," 16 May 2020 Now reports suggest Ola is apparently planning to spin off Ola Financial Services (Ola Money) into a separate entity. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Uber reversed out of food tech and drove straight into fintech in India," 13 Feb. 2020 One such road that leads to a heart-stirring overlook spins off just yards from the Badger Springs Wash trailhead. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Don't be put off by the burn scar. This Agua Fria River overlook hike is well worth it," 21 Nov. 2019 Ye tells Popular Mechanics that this blob is likely just bits of dust, ice, and rock which have spun off of the comet. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Comets Are Breaking Apart in Our Cosmic Backyard, and Astronomers Are Stoked," 8 Apr. 2020 Would the club consider spinning off an asset and promoting one of those kids? Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Why Greg Bird may have a real chance to overtake Ronald Guzman as Rangers’ first baseman," 19 Feb. 2020 The two companies operate under the same holding company, but are exploring a spin off of Amount early next year, said Amount President Adam Hughes. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago unicorn Avant and sister company Amount are ‘aggressively hiring’ software engineers, taking over more office space," 30 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that AT&T was exploring spinning off its DirecTV subsidiary into a separate company and combining it with rival satellite TV competitor Dish Network. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "AT&T under pressure to sell DirecTV amid heavy subscriber losses," 18 Sep. 2019 Corteva, which absorbed the old DuPont businesses that had not been spun off to Chemours, continues to maintain that PFAS liabilities will not be meaningful. NBC News, "How DuPont may avoid paying to clean up a toxic 'forever chemical'," 1 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of spin-off was in 1950

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“Spin-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spin-off. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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