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offset (make)

Definition:

to create an offset in

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

offset

Present participle:

offsetting

3rd-person singular present:

offsets

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

offset a wall

Etymology:

"act of setting off" (on a journey, and so on...), from off + set. Meaning...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of offset...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

offset | offset lithography | offset printing | set-off [sense-specific] | offshoot [synonym, sense-specific]

something that counterbalances or compensates for something else | an allowance made to counteract some effect | a printing method in which the ... (21 of 615 words, 16 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

offset | offsetting [present participle] | offset printing [synonym, sense-specific] | offset lithography [synonym, sense-specific] | setoff [synonym, sense-specific] | offset line [synonym, sense-specific]

something that counterbalances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; compensating equivalent. | the start, beginning, or outset. | a short ... (18 of 368 words, 24 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Offset [disambiguation]

may refer to: Carbon offset, a financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions | Offset agreement, trade practice in Aerospace and Defense Industry | Offset (computer science), a number indicating the distance (displacement) from... (35 of 322 words, 18 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

offset | offsetting [sense-specific, present participle] | offsets [sense-specific, 3rd-person singular present]

a consideration or amount that diminishes or balances the effect of an opposite one | the amount or distance by which something is out of line | ... (25 of 302 words, 12 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/offset

Merriam-Webster:

offset [entry 1, noun] | foil [synonym, sense-specific] | outset [synonym, sense-specific] | cessation [synonym, sense-specific] | offshoot [synonym, sense-specific] | displacement [synonym, sense-specific] | start [synonym, sense-specific] | balance [synonym, sense-specific] | canceler [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "outset", "start" ; "cessation" | a short prostrate lateral shoot arising from the base of a plant ; a small bulb arising from the base of ... (26 of 277 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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offset [entry 2, verb] | offsetting [present participle] | compensate [synonym, sense-specific] | balance [synonym, sense-specific] | annul [synonym, sense-specific] | cancel [synonym, sense-specific] | correct [synonym, sense-specific] | counteract [synonym, sense-specific] | counterbalance [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to place over against something; "balance" ; to serve as a counterbalance for; "compensate" | to form an offset in | to become marked by offset (24 of 124 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

offset | setoff [sense-specific]

An agent, element, or thing that balances, counteracts, or compensates for something else. | One thing set off or developed from something else. | The ... (23 of 235 words, 17 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

offset | offsetting [present participle]

something that is set off, or has sprung or developed, from something else; offshoot; extension; branch; spur | anything that balances, counteracts, ... (21 of 187 words, 16 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

offset | offsets [plural] | offsetted [past tense] | offsetting [present participle] | outset [synonym, sense-specific]

[anchors, 1] Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent. | [anchors, 2, international trade] A form of countertrade arrangement, in which the seller agrees to purchase within a set time frame products of a certain value from the ... (38 of 134 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

offset | offsetting [present participle]

to balance one influence against an opposing influence, so that there is no great difference as a result | to pay for things that will reduce carbon ... (26 of 101 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/offset

Columbia Encyclopedia:

printing | Ben Day, process | Benday, process | copying processes | four-color process | half tone | photocomposition machines | Ben Day | Ben Day, or Benday, process | ...

means of producing reproductions of written material or images in multiple copies. There are four traditional types of printing: relief printing (with ... (22 of 72 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

offset [transitive, verb, often passive] | offsetting [present participle] | offsets [3rd-person singular present]

to balance the effect of something, with the result that there is no advantage or disadvantage (16 of 70 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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offset [noun] | offsets [plural]

[uncountable] a method of printing in which ink is put onto paper from another surface | [countable] something that balances the effect of something ... (23 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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offset [adverb]

not straight, or not in a straight line (8 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

offset | offsets [plural] | offsetting [present participle]

something that counterbalances or compensates, or an allowance made in order to counterbalance something (often used before a noun) | an abrupt bend ... (22 of 362 words, 15 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861684586​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

offset

First use: 1550s

Origin: "act of setting off" (on a journey, and so on...), from off + set. Meaning "something 'set off' against something else, a ... (23 of 59 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

offset | offsets [plural] | offsetted [past tense] | offsetting [present participle]

Origin: off- + set, used to construct the noun form of the verb to set off.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/offset

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

offset | offsetting [present participle]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "offset"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "offset"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

offset [transitive, verb, often passive] | offsetting [present participle] | offsets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "offset"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "offset"

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offset [noun] | offsets [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "offset"

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offset [adverb]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "offset"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

offset [transitive, verb, often passive] | offsetting [present participle] | offsets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "offset"

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offset [noun] | offsets [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "offset"

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offset [adverb]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "offset"

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the Free Dictionary:

offset

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "offset"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "offset"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "offset" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

offset | offsets [plural] | offsetting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "offset"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

offset

Audio: North American pronunciation of "offset"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=offset​01 word=offset

YourDictionary Audio:

offset

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "offset" by speech synthesizer

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