offset

When you offset something—say, the price of gas—you find a way to make up for it. My new car's ability to get fifty miles per gallon offset the rise in the price of gas. Offset functions as both a noun and a verb.

Okay, let's talk turkey. The Duke's lack of height was offset by his enormous wig. Even without shoes, he towered above most people, because his wig alone was five feet tall. The cost of the wig—close to $10,000—was easily offset by its quality: it was worth every cent. The inconvenience of the blizzard was offset by the joy of not having to go to school or work—or even get out of bed. The joy was what you might call an offset.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: offset

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a compensating equivalent
compensate for or counterbalance
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a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
produce by offset printing
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structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
create an offset in
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a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: offset
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n a compensating equivalent

Synonyms:
counterbalance
Type of:
compensation
something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)

n the time at which something is supposed to begin

Synonyms:
beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, outset, showtime, start, starting time
Antonyms:
middle
time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends
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birth
the time when something begins (especially life)
incipience, incipiency
beginning to exist or to be apparent
starting point, terminus a quo
earliest limiting point
threshold
the starting point for a new state or experience
cradle
birth of a person
Type of:
point, point in time
an instant of time

n a natural consequence of development

Synonyms:
branch, offshoot, outgrowth
Type of:
consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

v compensate for or counterbalance

offset deposits and withdrawals”
Synonyms:
countervail
Type of:
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium

v make up for

“His skills offset his opponent's superior strength”
Synonyms:
cancel, set off
Types:
counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize
oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
override
counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
Type of:
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
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n a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper

Synonyms:
offset printing
Types:
photo-offset, photo-offset printing
a method of offset printing using photomechanical plates
letterset printing
image is transferred from a relief type plate to a roller
Type of:
printing, printing process
reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication

v produce by offset printing

offset the conference proceedings”
Type of:
impress, print
reproduce by printing

v cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface

Type of:
transfer
move from one place to another
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n structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

Synonyms:
set-back, setoff
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

v create an offset in

offset a wall”
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
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n a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips

Synonyms:
runner, stolon
Type of:
plant organ
a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus

WORD FORMS

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a compensating equivalent
printing in which ink is put onto paper from another surface
structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
a branch from the base of plant that produces new plants
1 offset
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compensate for or counterbalance
produce by printing using photomechanical plates
create a structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
2 offset
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