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 from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)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

  • There were 42 free-kicks, two penalties, four bookings and three players sent off, two of whom had to be escorted from the pitch by police.
  • The ball rebounded from/off the wall into the pond.
  • A thin veil of fog had rolled in off the bay, obscuring his view and coating the area in a pale gray-white mist.
  • It would almost be better to have no backbench bills at all than the current system, which offers a false glimmer of hope. Times, Sunday Times
  • But at lunch on the first day we were approached by the helpful Hotel Manager Henri and offered a swap to an overwater bungalow.
  • Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.
  • Combine the corn with steamed green vegetables like asparagus and offer baked potatoes to ensure the children don't go hungry.
  • Hopefully, North Norfolk will soon shake off this surreal obsession with the Lib Dems and embrace their NE Cambs neighbour's decent Tory stance. Will Iain Dale have to repay the donations ?
  • Begin by tightening your buttocks and lifting your hips off the floor.
  • I chatter with enthusiasm whilst knobs of butter slide off the fishes' backs and sizzle to blister bubbles.
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