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1 set off

Put in motion or move to act.

synonyms: activate, actuate, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip.

Roget 882: be ostentatious etc. adj.; come forward, put oneself forward; attract attention, star it.    cut a figure, make a dash, make a splash, make a splurge, cut a dash, cut a splash, cut a splurge; ... show more

Roget 30: make compensation; compensate, compense; indemnify; counteract, countervail, counterpoise; balance; outbalance, overbalance, counterbalance; set off; hedge, square, ... show more

Dutch: aandrijven, inschakelen, aanzetten, activeren

2 set off


synonyms: depart, part, set forth, set out, start, start out, take off.

Roget 845: be beautiful etc. adj.; shine, beam, bloom; become one etc. (accord) 23; set off, grace.    render beautiful ... show more

Roget 293: depart; go away; take one's departure, set out; set off, march off, put off, start off, be off, move off, get off, whip off, pack off, go off, ... show more

Dutch: uitzetten, gaan, uiteenzetten, verlaten

3 set off

Direct attention to, as if by means of contrast:
— I set off these words by brackets.

synonym: bring out.

4 set off

Cause to burst with a violent release of energy.

synonyms: blow up, detonate, explode.

Roget 173: be violent etc. adj.; run high; ferment, effervesce; romp, rampage, go on a rampage; run wild, run amuck, run riot; break the peace; rush, ... show more

5 set off

Make up for.

synonyms: cancel, offset.

6 set off

Set in motion or cause to begin.

7 set off

Provoke or stir up:
— Set off great unrest among the people.

synonyms: incite, instigate, stir up.

Dutch: aanhitsen, aanstoken, aanzetten, ophitsen, opruien, opstoken, opzetten

Moby thesaurus: actuate, adjoin, adorn, allocate, allot, analogize, analyze, anatomize, appoint, appropriate to, array, assign, assign to, assimilate, atomize, atone for, backfire, balance, be at cross-purposes, be off ... show more.

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