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Noun: setoff
  1. Structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
    - set-back, offset
Verb: set off  set óf
  1. Put in motion or move to act
    "set off the circuits";
    - trip, actuate, trigger, activate, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off
     
  2. Head for somewhere else
    "The family set off for Florida";
    - depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set out, take off
     
  3. Direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
    "I set off these words by brackets";
    - bring out
     
  4. Cause to burst with a violent release of energy
    "We set off the nuclear bomb";
    - explode, detonate, blow up
     
  5. Make up for
    "His skills set off his opponent's superior strength";
    - cancel, offset
     
  6. Set in motion or cause to begin
     
  7. Provoke or stir up
    "set off great unrest among the people";
    - incite, instigate, stir up

Derived forms: setoffs, set off, setting off, sets off

See also: set

Type of: accent, accentuate, balance, begin, change integrity, commence, construction, emphasise [Brit], emphasize, equilibrate, equilibrise [Brit], equilibrize, go away, go forth, initiate, lead off, leave, pioneer, provoke, punctuate, start, stimulate, stress, structure

Encyclopedia: Set off