Definition of off adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɒf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːf//
    , NAmE//ɑːf//
    For the special uses of off in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example come off is in the phrasal verb section at come. Pay and conditions at work
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  1. 1  away from a place; at a distance in space or time I called him but he ran off. Sarah's off in India somewhere. I must be off soon (= leave). Off you go! Summer's not far off now. A solution is still some way off.
  2. 2  used to say that something has been removed He's had his beard shaved off. Take your coat off. Don't leave the toothpaste with the top off.
  3. 3starting a race They're off (= the race has begun).
  4. 4  no longer going to happen; cancelled The wedding is off.
  5. 5  not connected or functioning The water is off. Make sure the TV is off.
  6. 6(especially British English) (of an item on a menu) no longer available or being served Sorry, the duck is off.
  7. 7  away from work or duty She's off today. I've got three days off next week. How many days did you take off? I need some time off. See related entries: Pay and conditions at work
  8. 8  taken from the price shoes with $20 off All shirts have/are 10% off.
  9. 9behind or at the sides of the stage in a theatre synonym offstage
  10. Word OriginOld English, originally a variant of of (which combined the senses of ‘of’ and ‘off’).Idioms
    be better/worse off (doing something)
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     to be in a better or worse situation She's better off without him. The weather was so bad we'd have been better off staying at home. We can't be any worse off than we are already.
    (informal) to have a particular amount of something How are we off for coffee (= how much do we have)? see also badly off
    be well/better/badly, etc. off
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     used to say how much money somebody has Families will be better off under the new law (= will have more money). They are both comfortably off (= have enough money to be able to buy what they want without worrying too much about the cost).
    from time to time; now and again It rained on and off all day.
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