Part of speech: verb

To set off or against; blance.

Part of speech: noun

Something set off against something else as an equivalent; a projection; a branch that strikes root.

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Usage examples "offset":

  1. " That can be offset somewhat by the thought of the poor parents who never have known a son or a daughter," said Jane. - "Jane Cable", George Barr McCutcheon.
  2. One can seldom, if ever, offset the mistakes of brooding time by the best of attention later on. - "Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry", Pratt Food Co..
  3. On such rare afternoons the ugliest of cities becomes the most poetic, and months of sodden days are offset by a moment of miracle. - "Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ", Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes.