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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abscond, bolt, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off, make off(verb)

    run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

    "The thief made off with our silver"; "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"

  2. go off(verb)

    be discharged or activated

    "the explosive devices went off"

  3. fire, discharge, go off(verb)

    go off or discharge

    "The gun fired"

  4. go off(verb)

    stop running, functioning, or operating

    "Our power went off during the hurricane"

  5. go off, come off, go over(verb)

    happen in a particular manner

    "how did your talk go over?"

  6. implode, go off(verb)

    burst inward

    "The bottle imploded"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. go off(verb)ʊ

    to leave to do

    Jason went off to make a phone call.; She's going off to college next month.

  2. go offʊ

    ≠come on

    Suddenly all the lights went off.; at the time when the power went off

  3. go offʊ

    (of food or drink) to have become unfit to eat or drink

    The milk's gone off.

  4. go offʊ

    to stop liking

    I've gone off that program.

  5. go offʊ

    (of an alarm) to start making a warning sound

    The alarm went off at six.

  6. go offʊ

    (of a weapon) to explode or be fired accidentally

    The gun went off when he was cleaning it.; A car bomb went off in the square.

  7. go offʊ

    to happen in a particular way

  8. go offʊ

    to happen exactly as planned

    The conference went off without a hitch.


  1. go off(Verb)

    To explode.

  2. go off(Verb)

    To explode metaphorically; to become very angry.

  3. go off(Verb)

    To begin clanging or making noise.

  4. go off(Verb)

    To depart; to leave.

  5. go off(Verb)

    To putrefy or become inedible, or to become unusable in any way.

  6. go off(Verb)

    To like less.


  1. Go Off!

    Go Off! is the second and final studio album by heavy metal band Cacophony, released in 1988 through Shrapnel Records. About two years after the album's release, guitarist Jason Becker was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, rendering him paralyzed and completely unable to play to this day.

Translations for go off

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

go off

(of a bomb etc) to explode

The little boy was injured when the firework went off in his hand.

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