offset Definition

  • 1counteract (something) by having an opposing force or effect
  • 2cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface

Using offset: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "offset" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The cost of the repairs was offset by the increase in property value.

  • Example

    The company hopes to offset its carbon emissions by planting trees.

  • Example

    The ink on the page offset onto the opposite page.

  • Example

    The colors are slightly offset from each other.

offset Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using offset

  • throw someone off balance/offset

    cause someone to lose their stability or composure


    The sudden change in plans threw her off balance and she became flustered.

  • on/off the offset

    alternating between being ahead and behind in a competition or race


    The two runners were neck and neck, constantly on and off the offset.

  • offset one's losses

    minimize the negative impact of a loss by making up for it in some way


    He offset his losses in the stock market by investing in real estate.

Phrases with offset

  • a printing technique in which ink is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to paper


    Offset printing is commonly used for books and magazines.

  • a bank account linked to a mortgage account, reducing the interest payable on the mortgage


    By using an offset account, you can save money on your mortgage repayments.

  • a type of barbecue smoker that has two compartments, one for charcoal and wood, and one for meat


    Using an offset smoker requires patience and skill, but the results are worth it.

Origins of offset

from off- + set, meaning 'to set off'


Summary: offset in Brief

To 'offset' [ˈɒfset] is to counteract something with an opposing force or effect. It can also refer to causing printed matter to transfer or smear onto another surface. Examples include 'The cost of the repairs was offset by the increase in property value.' and 'The ink on the page offset onto the opposite page.' Phrases like 'offset printing' and 'offset smoker' denote specific techniques or objects, while idioms like 'throw someone off balance/offset' and 'offset one's losses' convey figurative meanings.

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