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.

Definitions of offset
  1. noun
    a compensating equivalent
    synonyms: counterbalance
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    something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
  2. noun
    the time at which something is supposed to begin
    synonyms: beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, outset, showtime, start, starting time
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    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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    the time when something begins (especially life)
    incipience, incipiency
    beginning to exist or to be apparent
    starting point, terminus a quo
    earliest limiting point
    the starting point for a new state or experience
    birth of a person
    type of:
    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  3. noun
    a natural consequence of development
    synonyms: branch, offshoot, outgrowth
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    consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
  4. verb
    compensate for or counterbalance
    offset deposits and withdrawals”
    synonyms: countervail
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    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
  5. verb
    make up for
    “His skills offset his opponent's superior strength”
    synonyms: cancel, set off
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    counteract, counterbalance, countervail, neutralize
    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
    counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
    type of:
    balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
    bring into balance or equilibrium
  6. noun
    a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
    synonyms: offset printing
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    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
  7. verb
    produce by offset printing
    offset the conference proceedings”
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    type of:
    impress, print
    reproduce by printing
  8. verb
    cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
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    move from one place to another
  9. noun
    structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
    synonyms: set-back, setoff
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    type of:
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  10. verb
    create an offset in
    offset a wall”
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  11. noun
    a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
    synonyms: runner, stolon
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    plant organ
    a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
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