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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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GE Transportation, which makes diesel freight locomotives, could be a model for how other parts of the business could be spun off or taken public rather than sold as a whole, according to people familiar with the strategy. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "GE Considers a Spinoff or Public Offering for its Transportation Business," 12 Apr. 2018 In effect, the regulator said that there were three possible options: halting the deal entirely; requiring Sky’s news channel to be spun off or divested; or insulating Sky News in some way from the rest of the Murdoch media empire. Prashant S. Rao, New York Times, "Murdoch’s Bid for Full Control of Sky Is Dealt a Blow by U.K. Regulator," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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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