Definition of Go off
1. Verb. Run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along. "The accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
Specialized synonyms: Levant
Generic synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight
Derivative terms: Absconder, Abscondment, Bolt, Decampment
2. Verb. Be discharged or activated. "The explosive devices went off"
3. Verb. Go off or discharge. "The gun fired"
4. Verb. Stop running, functioning, or operating. "Our power went off during the hurricane"
5. Verb. Happen in a particular manner. "How did your talk go over?"
Generic synonyms: Come About, Fall Out, Go On, Hap, Happen, Occur, Pass, Pass Off, Take Place
6. Verb. Burst inward. "The bottle imploded"
Generic synonyms: Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way
Derivative terms: Implosion, Implosion
Definition of Go off
1. Verb. (intransitive) To explode. ¹
2. Verb. (intransitive) To explode metaphorically; to become very angry. ¹
3. Verb. (intransitive) To begin clanging or making noise. ¹
4. Verb. (intransitive) To depart; to leave. ¹
5. Verb. (intransitive UK) To putrefy or become inedible, or to become unusable in any way. ¹
6. Verb. (transitive) To like less. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Go Off
Literary usage of Go off
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... who go off through the single file made by the crowd; soldiers going first, then follow Calpurnia, Portia, and other women, and other senators following ..."
2. Suomalais-englantilainen sanakirja by Severi Alanne (1919)
"... Start (out): — matkaansa (menna) go away, go off, leave, be (1. make) off; — matkalle set out (1. set off I. start) on a Journey (1. on the trip), ..."
3. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and ...by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett, David Jardine by Thomas Bayly Howell, William Cobbett, David Jardine (1816)
"Did you hear a pistol go off?—Yes. How long had Mr. Johnson been in my lord's room before you heard the report of the pistol ?—May-be about half an hour. ..."