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English noun: offset

1. offset (time) the time at which something is supposed to begin

SamplesThey got an early start.
She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her.

Synonymsbeginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, outset, showtime, start, starting time

Broader (hypernym)point, point in time

Narrower (hyponym)birth, incipience, incipiency, starting point, terminus a quo, threshold

Antonymsend, ending, middle

2. offset (possession) a compensating equivalent


Broader (hypernym)compensation

3. offset (plant) a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips

Synonymsrunner, stolon

Broader (hypernym)plant organ

4. offset (phenomenon) a natural consequence of development

Synonymsbranch, offshoot, outgrowth

Broader (hypernym)consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

5. offset (communication) a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper

Synonymsoffset printing

Broader (hypernym)printing, printing process

Narrower (hyponym)letterset printing, photo-offset, photo-offset printing

6. offset (artifact) structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

Synonymsset-back, setoff

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

English verb: offset

1. offset (stative) compensate for or counterbalance

SamplesOffset deposits and withdrawals.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

2. offset (stative) make up for

SamplesHis skills offset his opponent's superior strength.

Synonymscancel, set off

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

Narrower (hyponym)counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize

3. offset (possession) cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)transfer

4. offset (creation) create an offset in

SamplesOffset a wall.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

5. offset (creation) produce by offset printing

SamplesOffset the conference proceedings.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)impress, print

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