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set off

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch offverb

    put in motion or move to act

    "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"

  2. depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take offverb

    leave

    "The family took off for Florida"

  3. bring out, set offverb

    direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

    "This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets"

  4. explode, detonate, blow up, set offverb

    cause to burst with a violent release of energy

    "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

  5. cancel, offset, set offverb

    make up for

    "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"

  6. set offverb

    set in motion or cause to begin

    "The guide set the tour off to a good start"

  7. incite, instigate, set off, stir upverb

    provoke or stir up

    "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"

Wiktionary

  1. set offverb

    To leave; to begin a journey or trip.

  2. set offverb

    To begin; to cause; to initiate.

  3. set offverb

    To cause to explode.

  4. set offverb

    To make angry.

  5. set offverb

    To offset, to compensate for: to reduce the effect of, by having a contrary effect.

ChatGPT

  1. set off

    Set off is a verb that means to begin a journey or to cause something to start happening. It can also mean to initiate an display, like setting off fireworks. In a financial context, it can refer to the use of a loss to counterbalance a profit for tax purposes.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of set off in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of set off in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of set off in a Sentence

  1. Ray Kelly:

    I think when the mayor made statements about that he had to train his son to be -- his son who is biracial -- to be careful when he's dealing with the police, I think that set off this latest firestorm.

  2. Robert Puentes:

    Even though there are these alarms that folks have set off about national and economic security, there is a flip side to it, it is a major cost saver and a good value for these procurements for these cities around the country.

  3. Renato Ejnisman:

    Consolidation will be the name of the game, because many players will need to either reduce their leverage, or cut their costs, or try to set off a platform for future growth.

  4. Brad Adams:

    Thanakorn's secret detention should set off flashing red lights – especially since the Thai authorities failed to resolve two recent deaths of detainees in military custody, thailand's junta has increasingly flouted international legal protections by holding civilian detainees incommunicado in military camps.

  5. Steady Kangata:

    Veld fires are destroying our livelihoods, zimbabwe has to manage the fires and save the environment and we are convinced we now need the strong hand of the law to help stop those who set off fires for the fun of it.


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