off

The adverb off means away or distant. You might run off from the dinner table after an argument with your family about what to watch on TV later.

You might dash off, moving away from where you started, or turn off your original route during a trip. There are several other meanings of off, including "not scheduled," as when you're off work, and "not running," like when you turn off your leaf blower so you won't scare your neighbor's dog. Food can be off too, when it's gone a little bit bad or spoiled. The colloquial "to off someone," or kill them, is from 1930.

Definitions of off
  1. adverb
    from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete)
    “went off to school”
    “they drove off
    synonyms: away, forth
  2. adverb
    at a distance in space or time
    synonyms: away
  3. adverb
    no longer on or in contact or attached
    “clean off the dirt”
    “he shaved off his mustache”
  4. adjective
    not in operation or operational
    “the oven is off
    “the lights are off
    Synonyms:
    disconnected
    not plugged in or connected to a power source
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    Antonyms:
    on
    in operation or operational
    connected
    plugged in
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  5. adjective
    not performing or scheduled for duties
    “He's off every Tuesday”
    Synonyms:
    inactive
    not engaged in full-time work
  6. adjective
    (of events) no longer planned or scheduled
    “the wedding is definitely off
    synonyms: cancelled
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    Antonyms:
    on
    (of events) planned or scheduled
  7. adjective
    below a satisfactory level
    “an off year for tennis”
    “his performance was off
    Synonyms:
    unsatisfactory
    not giving satisfaction
  8. adjective
    in an unpalatable state
    synonyms: sour, turned
    soured
    having turned bad
  9. verb
    kill intentionally and with premeditation
    synonyms: bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, polish off, remove, slay
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    types:
    burke
    murder without leaving a trace on the body
    execute
    murder in a planned fashion
    type of:
    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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