set off


set off
phrasal verb
Word forms "set off":
present tense I/you/we/they set off he/she/it sets off present participle setting off past tense set off past participle set off
1) [intransitive] to start a journey, or to start going in a particular direction

We set off early the next morning.

2) [transitive] to cause something to operate, especially by accident

Jeff pushed open the front door, which set off the alarm.

3) [transitive] to make something explode

Somebody was setting off fireworks down the street.

4) [transitive] to cause a situation or a series of events to happen, especially without intending to

He fears that the election could set off mass protests.

5) [transitive, usually passive] to make someone or something look more attractive by being clearly different from them

Her plain blue dress was set off by a feather-trimmed hat.

6) set someone off
[transitive] to make someone start to laugh, cry, or talk a lot

Just mentioning her father's death could set her off again.


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