Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun set_off

1 sense of setoff

Sense 1
set-back, setoff, offset -- (structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly)
       => structure, construction -- (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb set_off

7 senses of set off

Sense 1
trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off -- (put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits")
       => initiate, pioneer -- (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants")

Sense 2
depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off -- (leave; "The family took off for Florida")
       => leave, go forth, go away -- (go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight")

Sense 3
bring out, set off -- (direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; "This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets")
       => stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate -- (to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet")

Sense 4
explode, detonate, blow up, set off -- (cause to burst with a violent release of energy; "We exploded the nuclear bomb")
       => change integrity -- (change in physical make-up)

Sense 5
cancel, offset, set off -- (make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength")
       => balance, equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibrise -- (bring into balance or equilibrium; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights")

Sense 6
set off -- (set in motion or cause to begin; "The guide set the tour off to a good start")
       => begin, lead off, start, commence -- (set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S. started a war in the Middle East"; "The Iraqis began hostilities"; "begin a new chapter in your life")

Sense 7
incite, instigate, set off, stir up -- (provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people")
       => provoke, stimulate -- (provide the needed stimulus for)

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