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  Definition of set off
  1. cause to explode; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
  2. set in motion or cause to begin; "The guide set the tour off to a good start"
  3. direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; "This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets"
  4. provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"
  5. put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
  6. leave; "The family took off for Florida"
  7. make up for; "His skills offset his opponent''s superior strength"
Similar Words: explode, detonate, blow up, bring out, incite, instigate, stir up, trip, actuate, trigger, activate, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off, depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set out, take off, cancel, offset

 

See Also: spare, give up, part with, dispense with

 

Hyponyms: fulminate, dynamite, pick up, foreground, highlight, spotlight, play up, raise, take off, lift off, roar off, blaze, blaze out, sally forth, sally out, counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalance

 

Derivational Morphology: explosion, detonation, blowup, detonator, detonating device, cap, burst, fomentation, instigation, instigator, provoker, inciter, instigant, firebrand, incitation, incitement, provocation, spark, activation, trigger, induction, initiation, actuator, act, human action, human activity, propulsion, actuation, tripper, trip, takeoff, farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting, passing, loss, departure, exit, expiration, going, release, going away, leaving, departer, leaver, goer, counterbalance, offset

 

Anagrams: setoff, offset

 

 
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