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Definition of "off" [off]

  • From a place or position: drove off. (adverb)
  • At a certain distance in space or time: a mile off; a week off. (adverb)
  • From a given course or route; aside: swerved off into a ditch. (adverb)
  • Into a state of unconsciousness: I must have dozed off. (adverb)
  • So as to be no longer on, attached, or connected: shaved off his mustache. (adverb)
  • Used to indicate actions in which contact is absent or rendered absent, as between an object and a surface (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Used to indicate the removal of something that is or has been appended to or in association with something else (preposition)
  • Out of alignment with (preposition)
  • Situated near to or leading away from (preposition)
  • Not inclined towards (preposition)
  • So as to be deactivated or disengaged (adverb)
  • So as to get rid of (adverb)
  • So as to be removed from, esp as a reduction (adverb)
  • Spent away from work or other duties (adverb)
  • On a trip, journey, or race (adverb)
  • So as to be completely absent, used up, or exhausted (adverb)
  • Out from the shore or land (adverb)
  • Out of contact; at a distance (adverb)
  • Out of the present location (adverb)
  • Away in the future (adverb)
  • So as to be no longer taking place (adverb)
  • Removed from contact with something, as clothing from the body (adverb)
  • Offstage (adverb)
  • (used with a preceding number) indicating the number of items required or produced (adverb)
  • Not on; no longer operative (adjective)
  • Not or no longer taking place; cancelled or postponed (adjective)
  • In a specified condition regarding money, provisions, etc (adjective)
  • Unsatisfactory or disappointing (adjective)
  • In a condition as specified (adjective)
  • No longer on the menu; not being served at the moment (adjective)
  • (of food or drink) having gone bad, sour, etc (adjective)
  • The part of the field on that side of the pitch to which the batsman presents his bat when taking strike: thus for a right-hander, off is on the right-hand side (noun)
  • A fielding position in this part of the field (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • To kill (someone) (verb)

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Use "off" in a sentence
  • "-- When you desire to reform from drinking, never break off abruptly, which is dangerous; but _taper off_ gradually -- three glasses to-day, two to-morrow, and one the next day."
  • "-- The Participle used as an adjective modifier, with the words belonging to it, is set off+ [Footnote: An expression in the body of a sentence is set off by two commas; at the beginning or at the end, by one comma.] +by the comma unless restrictive+."
  • "(GEORGE _and_ BRIAN _go off at windows up_ L.) (DINAH _follows up_ R. _and watches them off_.)"