trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off(verb)
put in motion or move to act
"trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
jaunt, trip out, start, incite, detonate, offset, get off, motivate, spark, trip up, propel, take off, explode, instigate, trigger off, move, part, trigger, trip, depart, stumble, prompt, turn on, activate, spark off, touch off, blow up, bring out, travel, start out, sparkle, set forth, actuate, stir up, cancel, aerate, set out
depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set off, set out, take off(verb)
"The family took off for Florida"
cancel, take leave, start, initiate, offset, exposit, set about, go away, get, start out, explode, spark, get going, range, take time off, split up, lift off, incite, commence, expound, get down, take off, break up, bulge, detonate, lay out, divide, instigate, trigger off, activate, part, vary, array, pull up stakes, trigger, get off the ground, embark on, originate, split, pop out, trip, separate, bulge out, deduct, go, depart, lead off, actuate, diverge, sidetrack, digress, start up, pop, bug out, begin, spark off, touch off, startle, bring out, leave, jump, disunite, blow up, set forth, subtract, break, deviate, protrude, come out, straggle, stir up, take up, quit, set out
bring out, set off(verb)
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
"This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets"
cancel, start, incite, let on, offset, trip, unwrap, reveal, spark, disclose, release, expose, bring on, unveil, detonate, put out, explode, instigate, trigger off, publish, part, trigger, give away, get out, take off, break, depart, divulge, activate, spark off, touch off, blow up, bring out, issue, set forth, uncover, produce, actuate, start out, stir up, discover, introduce, set out, let out
explode, detonate, blow up, set off(verb)
cause to burst with a violent release of energy
"We exploded the nuclear bomb"
go ballistic, puff out, detonate, trip, offset, have kittens, flip one's wig, embroider, incite, puff up, take off, puff, hit the roof, explode, throw a fit, trigger off, activate, part, flip one's lid, combust, trigger, blow one's stack, bring out, break loose, magnify, expand, amplify, pad, embellish, lard, fly off the handle, lose one's temper, irrupt, blow a fuse, enlarge, hit the ceiling, start, blow up, spark off, instigate, aggrandise, have a fit, dramatise, burst forth, spark, inflate, touch off, aggrandize, depart, start out, set forth, burst, actuate, dramatize, stir up, cancel, set out
cancel, offset, set off(verb)
make up for
"His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
call off, spark, bring out, set forth, blow up, actuate, strike down, take off, trigger off, spark off, trip, stir up, invalidate, detonate, delete, start, countervail, scratch, touch off, cancel, trigger, set out, depart, scrub, instigate, activate, explode, offset, part, incite, start out
set in motion or cause to begin
"The guide set the tour off to a good start"
bring out, set forth, blow up, actuate, take off, instigate, spark off, trip, trigger off, detonate, part, start, stir up, spark, touch off, cancel, trigger, depart, activate, explode, offset, set out, incite, start out
incite, instigate, set off, stir up(verb)
provoke or stir up
"incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"
motivate, start, vex, incite, detonate, raise up, bring out, wake, offset, spark, commove, inflame, disturb, propel, shake up, take off, agitate, explode, instigate, trigger off, move, part, trigger, fire up, inspire, trip, prod, egg on, depart, heat, prompt, activate, spark off, touch off, blow up, ignite, start out, foment, set forth, actuate, stir up, cancel, set out
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How to use set off in a sentence?
An earthquake that long set off avalanches all the way around us. And they came down -- they were large, they were massive avalanches.
Thanakorn's secret detention should set off flashing red lights – especially since the Thai authorities failed to resolve two recent deaths of detainees in military custody, thailand's junta has increasingly flouted international legal protections by holding civilian detainees incommunicado in military camps.
A man who does not endeavour to seem more than he is will generally be thought nothing of. We habitually make such large deductions for pretence and imposture that no real merit will stand against them. It is necessary to set off our good qualities with a certain air of plausibility and self-importance, as some attention to fashion is necessary.
The blast was felt by officers 10-15 meters (32-49 foot) away -- this was not a casual act, the attack required planning and the attack place was chosen. They waited until officers exited their vehicles (to set off the bomb).
We found devices and equipment that could be used to make IEDs ... that could be set off anywhere and could be detonated remotely without knowing who set it off.
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