Meaning of OFF in English



Pronunciation: ' o ̇ f

Function: adverb

Etymology: Middle English of, from Old English ― more at OF

Date: before 12th century

1 a (1) : from a place or position <march off > specifically : away from land <ship stood off to sea> (2) : at a distance in space or time <stood 10 paces off > <a long way off > b : from a course : ASIDE <turned off into a bypath> specifically : away from the wind c : into an unconscious state <dozed off >

2 a : so as to be separated from support <rolled to the edge of the table and off > or close contact <blew the lid off > <the handle came off > b : so as to be divided <surface marked off into squares>

3 a : to a state of discontinuance or suspension <shut off an engine> b ― used as an intensifier <drink off a glass> <finish it off >

4 : in absence from or suspension of regular work or service <take time off for lunch>


Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.