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set off

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Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
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English

Verb

Infinitive
to set off

Third person singular
sets off

Simple past
set off

Past participle
set off

Present participle
setting off

to set off (third-person singular simple present sets off, present participle setting off, simple past and past participle set off)
  1. (idiomatic) To leave; to begin a journey or trip.
    He set off in search of better opportunities.
  2. (idiomatic) To begin; to cause; to initiate.
    I had no idea that one simple comment would set off such a huge argument.
  3. (idiomatic) To cause to explode.
    What a tragedy, that someone would set off a bomb in a crowded place.
  4. To count an addition in one thing against a reduction in something else.
    My taxes did not increase because the amount of my raise was set off by my losses in the stock market.

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