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Definition of 'offset'


  1. the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
       Synonyms: beginning commencement first outset get-go start kickoff starting time showtime
       Antonyms: middle end ending
  2. a compensating equivalent
       Synonyms: counterbalance
  3. a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
       Synonyms: stolon runner
  4. a natural consequence of development
       Synonyms: outgrowth branch offshoot
  5. a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
       Synonyms: offset printing
  6. structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
       Synonyms: set-back setoff


  1. compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and withdrawals"
       Synonyms: countervail
  2. make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
       Synonyms: cancel set off
  3. cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
  4. create an offset in; "offset a wall"
  5. produce by offset printing; "offset the conference proceedings"

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