Textual thesaurus for "set off"

(verb) explode, blow up, detonate

cause to burst with a violent release of energy

We exploded the nuclear bomb

(verb) bring out

direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

This dress accentuates your nice figure!; I set off these words by brackets

(verb) incite, instigate, stir up

provoke or stir up

incite a riot; set off great unrest among the people

(verb) spark, spark off, activate, actuate, trigger, trigger off, trip, touch off

put in motion or move to act

trigger a reaction; actuate the circuits

(verb) depart, part, start, start out, set forth, set out, take off


The family took off for Florida

(verb) offset, cancel

make up for

His skills offset his opponent's superior strength