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    set off - Dictionary definition and meaning for word set off

    Definition
    (verb) put in motion or move to act
    Example Sentence
    • trigger a reaction
    • actuate the circuits
    Definition
    (verb) leave
    Example Sentence
    • The family took off for Florida
    Definition
    (verb) direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
    Synonyms : bring out
    Example Sentence
    • This dress accentuates your nice figure!
    • I set off these words by brackets
    Definition
    (verb) cause to burst with a violent release of energy
    Synonyms : blow up , detonate , explode
    Example Sentence
    • We exploded the nuclear bomb
    Definition
    (verb) make up for
    Synonyms : cancel , offset
    Example Sentence
    • His skills offset his opponent's superior strength
    Definition
    (verb) set in motion or cause to begin
    Example Sentence
    • The guide set the tour off to a good start
    Definition
    (verb) provoke or stir up
    Synonyms : incite , instigate , stir up
    Example Sentence
    • incite a riot
    • set off great unrest among the people
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