Offset - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːfset|  American pronunciation of the word offset
Brit.  |ˈɒfset|  British pronunciation of the word offset
irregular verb:  p.t. — offset  p.p. — offset


- the time at which something is supposed to begin (syn: beginning, commencement, first, kickoff, outset, start)
- a compensating equivalent (syn: counterbalance)
- a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips (syn: runner)
- a natural consequence of development (syn: branch, offshoot, outgrowth)
- a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
- structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly (syn: set- back, setoff)
- compensate for or counterbalance (syn: countervail)
- make up for (syn: cancel, set off)
- cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
- create an offset in
- produce by offset printing


...a better performance this time will be an offset to last year's dismal showing...

...symptoms that were striking for their abrupt onset and their equally abrupt offset...

Gains in one area offset losses in another.

The limited storage space in the house is offset by the large garage.

Defendant may plead an offset of any sum due to him by the plaintiff.

Cuts in prices for milk, butter, and cheese will be offset by direct payments to farmers.

He was able to offset his travel expenses against tax.

His blonde hair offset a deep tan.

The better roads offset the greater distance.

His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

...the white marble sculpture of the saint in the throes of divine ecstasy is strikingly offset by a gilt aureole...

Commanders may disperse troops to offset a high volume of fire.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: offset
he/she/it: offsets
present participle: offsetting
past tense: offset
past participle: offset
singular: offset
plural: offsets
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