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off - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'off' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Off [ a.]
- On the farther side; most distant; on the side of an animal or a team farthest from the driver when he is on foot; in the United States, the right side; as, the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse or ox; the off leg.
- Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from his post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent; as, he took an off day for fishing: an off year in politics.
2 . Off [ adv.]
- In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
- Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
- Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation; as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off, to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to fly off, and the like.
- Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement, interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.
- Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.
- Denoting opposition or negation.
3 . Off [ interj.]
- Away; begone; -- a command to depart.
4 . Off [ n.]
- The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.
5 . Off [ prep.]
- Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore.

Meaning of 'off' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . off [ v]
Meaning (1):
- kill intentionally and with premeditation
Example in sentence:
  • The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered
2 . off [ a]
Meaning (2):
- not in operation or operational
Example in sentence:
  • the lights are off;
  • the oven is off
Meaning (3):
- (of events) no longer planned or scheduled
Example in sentence:
  • the wedding is definitely off
4 . off [ r]
Meaning (4):
- at a distance in space or time
Example in sentence:
  • away back in the 18th century;
  • the boat was 5 miles off (or away);
  • the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)
Meaning (5):
- no longer on or in contact or attached
Example in sentence:
  • clean off the dirt;
  • he shaved off his mustache
Meaning (6):
- from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
Example in sentence:
  • go forth and preach;
  • ran away from the lion;
  • sent the children away to boarding school;
  • the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal;
  • they drove off;
  • wanted to get away from there;
  • went off to school
7 . off [ s]
Meaning (7):
- below a satisfactory level
Example in sentence:
  • an off year for tennis;
  • his performance was off
Meaning (8):
- not performing or scheduled for duties
Example in sentence:
  • He's off every Tuesday
Meaning (9):
- in an unpalatable state
Example in sentence:
  • sour milk