spin-off

noun
\ ˈspin-ˌȯf How to pronounce spin-off (audio) \

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

verb
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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It was spurred by DowDuPont’s plan to spin off Dow as a separate company effective April 2, the index provider said. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Dow Inc. to Replace DowDuPont in DJIA," 26 Mar. 2019 So what's in store, aside from the rumored possibility that Alfa and Maserati could someday be spun off? Eric D. Lawrence, chicagotribune.com, "Future of Fiat Chrysler depends on Alfa Romeo, Maserati moreso than Fiat, Chrysler," 12 June 2018 The move to spin off the timeshare business follows similar moves by other hotel companies, including Marriott and Hilton, which are also based in Orlando. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gov. Scott expected to announce 200 new corporate jobs at Wyndham in Orlando," 31 May 2018 The remaining 260,000 would be households of people filling jobs generated by fresh economic activity spun off by Amazon, according to the COG. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "How can the D.C. region absorb an Amazon headquarters if it can’t cope now with gridlock and housing costs?," 12 May 2018 As early as February, Vivendi's official company line was that there were no plans to spin off UMG. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Vivendi to Discuss Universal Music Group IPO Ideas at May 17 Board Meeting," 1 May 2018 Among those receiving a multimillion-dollar payout are an engineer and a sales manager who joined the company years before Juul was spun off from Pax Labs Inc. in 2017. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul’s Instant Millionaires: How $2 Billion From Altria Is Being Divvied Up," 21 Dec. 2018 Both stores were among the more than 250 properties Sears sold to Seritage, a real estate investment trust, when it was spun off in 2015. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday," 13 July 2018 Perrette, who has played beloved forensic specialist Abby Sciuto since the crime procedural was spun off from JAG, finished her run with last week's episode, which featured Abby leaving NCIS after the death of a colleague. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Pauley Perrette says she's been kept 'silent' about leaving 'NCIS,' tweets vaguely of crime," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of spin-off

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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spin-off

noun

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

spin-off

noun
\ ˈspin-ˌȯf, -ˌäf\

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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