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verb as in incite

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Strong matches

Weak matches

  • fan the fire

verb as in intensify

  • concentrate

verb as in make up

  • accommodate
  • bury the hatchet
  • come to terms
  • counterbalance
  • counterpoise
  • countervail
  • forgive and forget
  • make amends
  • shake hands

verb as in mobilize

  • call to arms
  • put in motion
  • set in motion

verb as in offset

  • counterpose
  • be equivalent
  • make up for

verb as in atone

  • make redress
  • make reparation
  • pay one's dues
  • take one's medicine

verb as in outweigh

  • predominate
  • preponderate
  • take precedence
  • tip the scales

verb as in produce

  • bring about
  • give rise to

verb as in redeem

  • rehabilitate
  • keep the faith

verb as in sequester

verb as in shoot

  • drop the hammer
  • let go with
  • pull the trigger

verb as in spark

  • precipitate

verb as in beautify

verb as in become

Strongest match

  • be appropriate
  • go together
  • make handsome

verb as in trigger

verb as in border

  • circumscribe
  • communicate
  • be adjacent to

verb as in effectuate

  • carry through

verb as in individualize

  • characterize
  • differentiate
  • discriminate
  • individuate
  • singularize
  • determinate
  • diagnosticate
  • tell between

verb as in circulate

  • mill around
  • move around

verb as in militarize

verb as in compensate

verb as in contrast

  • distinguish
  • be a foil to
  • be contrary to
  • be dissimilar
  • be variable
  • hold a candle to
  • set in opposition
  • stack up against

verb as in counterbalance

verb as in differentiate

  • individualize
  • antithesize
  • know what's what
  • split hairs

verb as in discharge

verb as in distinguish

verb as in explode

  • blow to kingdom come

verb as in feature

  • call attention to
  • make conspicuous

verb as in fire

  • pull trigger

verb as in flatter

  • do something for
  • put in best light
  • show to advantage

verb as in garnish

verb as in go

  • hit the road
  • make a break for it
  • make one's way
  • take a hike
  • take a powder
  • take flight

verb as in grace

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On this page you'll find 1141 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to set off, such as: reinforced, strengthened, and pasted on.

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Set Off Synonyms

  • be different
  • appear different
  • be the opposite
  • set the spark to
  • get under way
  • trigger off

Words Related to Set Off

Related words are words that are directly connected to each other through their meaning, even if they are not synonyms or antonyms. This connection may be general or specific, or the words may appear frequently together.

  • presentacion
  • cross-claim
  • subrogation
  • counterclaim

Set Off Sentence Examples

The dark interior set off caution bells again.

But life on a farm was not to his liking, and at sixteen he left home and set off to make a living in some other way.

All now set off together to recapture Havre from the English.

They are only used for floor rugs, and the males are more highly esteemed on account of the set-off of the mane.

Originally a part of Bergen, it was set off as a township in 1861.

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Synonyms of setting off

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Thesaurus Definition of setting off

Synonyms & Similar Words

  • touching off
  • cranking (up)
  • turning over
  • kicking over
  • electrifying
  • stirring up
  • stepping up
  • speeding (up)
  • stimulating
  • discharging
  • accelerating
  • reactivating
  • instigating
  • jump - starting
  • kick - starting

Antonyms & Near Antonyms

  • cutting out
  • shutting off
  • turning off
  • cutting off
  • deactivating
  • suppressing
  • decelerating

Thesaurus Entries Near setting off

setting in motion

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“Setting off.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/setting%20off. Accessed 15 Feb. 2024.

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Synonyms of 'set someone off' in British English

  • set someone off

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  16. Setoff Definition & Meaning

    Synonyms of setoff 1 : something that is set off against another thing: a : decoration, ornament b : compensation, counterbalance 2 : the reduction or discharge of a debt or claim by setting against it a distinct claim in favor of the debtor or party who is the object of the first claim (as in a lawsuit) also : the offsetting claim itself 3

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