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Definition of 'set off'


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

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