HyperDic: set_off

English > 7 senses of the expression set off:
VERBcreationset off, trip, actuate, trigger, activate, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch offput in motion or move to act
motionset off, depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set out, take offleave
changeset off, bring outdirect attention to, as if by means of contrast
changeset off, explode, detonate, blow upcause to burst with a violent release of energy
stativeset off, cancel, offsetmake up for
changeset offset in motion or cause to begin
communicationset off, incite, instigate, stir upprovoke or stir ... / stir up
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 1, creation
Meaningput in motion or move to act.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymstrip, actuate, trigger, activate, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off
Cause tohappen, hap, go on, pass off, occur, pass, fall out, come about, take placeCome to pass
Broaderinitiate, pioneerTake the lead or initiative in
See alsosetput into a certain state
Spanishaccionar, activar, desencadenar, provocar
Catalanaccionar, activar
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 2, motion
MeaningLeave.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
ModelThe children set off to the playground
Synonymsdepart, part, start, start out, set forth, set out, take off
Narrowerblaze, blaze outMove rapidly and as if blazing
roar offLeave
sally forth, sally outSet out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner
take off, lift offdepart from the ground
Broaderleave, go forth, go awaygo away from a place
Spanishestrenar, iniciar, irse, originar, partir, separar
Catalananar-se'n, estrenar, iniciar, marxar, originar, partir, sortir
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningdirect attention to, as if by means of contrast.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example "I set off these words by brackets"
Synonymbring out
Narrowerforeground, highlight, spotlight, play upMove into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
pick upLift out or reflect from a background
raiseBring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project
Broaderstress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuateTo stress, single out as important
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 4, change
MeaningCause to burst with a violent release of energy.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsexplode, detonate, blow up
Cause todetonate, explode, blow upBurst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
NarrowerdynamiteBlow up with dynamite
fulminateCause to explode / explode violently and with loud noise
Broaderchange integritychange in physical make-up
Spanishdetonar, explosionar, explotar
Catalandetonar, explosionar, explotar
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 5, stative
MeaningMake up for.
PatternSomething ----s something
Synonymscancel, offset
Narrowercounteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalanceOppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
Broaderbalance, equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibriseBring into balance or equilibrium
See alsosetput into a certain state
Spanishanular, compensar, contrarrestar
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 6, change
Meaningset in motion or cause to begin.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Broaderbegin, lead off, start, commenceset in motion, cause to start
English > set off: 7 senses > verb 7, communication
MeaningProvoke or stir ... / stir up.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Example "set off great unrest among the people"
Synonymsincite, instigate, stir up
Cause toact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Narrowerraiseactivate or stir up
Broaderprovoke, stimulateProvide the needed stimulus for
See alsosetput into a certain state
Spanishincitar, instigar, levantar, provocar
Catalanincitar

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