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Meaning & Definition of Off in English

English

Off

/ɔf/

verb

1. Kill intentionally and with premeditation

  • "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
    synonym:
  • murder
  • ,
  • slay
  • ,
  • hit
  • ,
  • dispatch
  • ,
  • bump off
  • ,
  • off
  • ,
  • polish off
  • ,
  • remove

adjective

1. Not in operation or operational

  • "The oven is off"
  • "The lights are off"
    synonym:
  • off

2. Below a satisfactory level

  • "An off year for tennis"
  • "His performance was off"
    synonym:
  • off

3. (of events) no longer planned or scheduled

  • "The wedding is definitely off"
    synonym:
  • off
  • ,
  • cancelled

4. In an unpalatable state

  • "Sour milk"
    synonym:
  • off
  • ,
  • sour
  • ,
  • turned

5. Not performing or scheduled for duties

  • "He's off every tuesday"
    synonym:
  • off

adverb

1. From a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)

  • "Ran away from the lion"
  • "Wanted to get away from there"
  • "Sent the children away to boarding school"
  • "The teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"
  • "Went off to school"
  • "They drove off"
  • "Go forth and preach"
    synonym:
  • away
  • ,
  • off
  • ,
  • forth

2. At a distance in space or time

  • "The boat was 5 miles off (or away)"
  • "The party is still 2 weeks off (or away)"
  • "Away back in the 18th century"
    synonym:
  • off
  • ,
  • away

3. No longer on or in contact or attached

  • "Clean off the dirt"
  • "He shaved off his mustache"
    synonym:
  • off

Examples of using

Someone just turned off the lights.
My grandmother ran off with a cowboy.
Resume reading where you left off.