Definition of

Set off

  1. (verb, creation) put in motion or move to act
    actuate the circuits
  2. (verb, motion) leave
  3. (verb, change) direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
    I set off these words by brackets
  4. (verb, change) cause to burst with a violent release of energy
  5. (verb, stative) make up for
  6. (verb, change) set in motion or cause to begin
  7. (verb, communication) provoke or stir up
    set off great unrest among the people

via WordNet, Princeton University

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