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grammar word summary: Off can be: ■ an adverb: He waved and drove off. ■ a preposition: She got off the bus at the next stop. ■ an adjective: I'm having an off day.
1) not on sth not on the top or surface of something, especially after being on it
The wind blew a flowerpot off the balcony.[/ex]
Hold on tight so you don't slip off.[/ex]
2) no longer attached no longer attached to someone or something
They cut a branch off the tree.[/ex]
One of the doll's legs fell off.[/ex]
3) away from sth leaving a place, or going away from something
I'd never let an 11-year-old kid go off on his own.[/ex]
If you don't need me any more, I'll be off.[/ex]
4) going out of a vehicle leaving a plane, train, bus etc
Let's get off at the next bus stop.[/ex]
They didn't see each other till they got off the plane.[/ex]
5) close to sth near an area of land, a room, or a road, or connected to it
an island five miles off the coast[/ex]
There is a bathroom off the bedroom.[/ex]
We live just off the main road.[/ex]
6) not working a machine or piece of electrical equipment that is off is not switched on
The lights were off in the house.[/ex]
7) when clothes are removed used for saying that clothes or shoes are removed
Take off your wet clothes.[/ex]
She kicked off her shoes and sat down.[/ex]
8) not at school or work not at school or work, for example because you are not well or because it is not a normal working day
I took two weeks off in August.[/ex]
I'm thinking of having some time off work.[/ex]
Today is my day off.[/ex]
She's off sick today.[/ex]
9) no longer planned used for saying that an event is no longer going to take place as planned
Sorry, but the meeting's off.[/ex]
10) reduced reduced in price by a particular amount
There's now 30% off all swimsuits.[/ex]
11) a particular time or distance away used for saying how long it will be until something happens, or how far away something is
Christmas is only three weeks off.[/ex]
We could see a house a few miles off.[/ex]
12) no longer good food that is off is no longer fresh and is not good to eat
off and on; on and off — sometimes but not regularly[/ex]
She's been seeing him off and on since she was 16.[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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  • Off — ([o^]f; 115), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See {Of}.] In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as: [1913 Webster] 1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Off — Off, prep. Not on; away from; as, to be off one s legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore. Addison. [1913 Webster] {Off hand}. See {Offhand}. {Off side} (Football), out of play; said when a player has got in front of the ball in a scrimmage …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Off — ([o^]f; 115), interj. Away; begone; a command to depart. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • off of — preposition Date: 1567 off Usage: The of is often criticized as superfluous, a comment that is irrelevant because off of is an idiom. It is much more common in speech than in edited writing and is more common in American English than in British …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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