go off definition, meaning - what is go off in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “go off”

See all translations

go off

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

(STOP WORKING)

B1 If a light or a machine goes off, it stops working: The lights went off in several villages because of the storm.
More examples

(EXPLODE)

C1 If a bomb goes off, it explodes: The bomb went off at midday.C1 If a gun goes off, it fires: His gun went off accidentally.
More examples

(FOOD)

B2 UK If food or drink goes off, it is not good to eat or drink any more because it is too old: This bacon smells a bit funny - do you think it's gone off?
See also
More examples

(NOISE)

B2 If a warning device goes off, it starts to ring loudly or make a loud noise: The alarm should go off automatically as soon as smoke is detected. Didn't you hear your alarm clock going off this morning?
More examples

(LEAVE)

B1 to leave a place and go somewhere else: She's gone off on holiday with Tony.

(HAPPEN)

to happen in a particular way: The protest march went off peacefully.

(BECOME WORSE)

UK to become worse in quality: That paper's really gone off since they got that new editor.
(Definition of go off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of go off?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“go off” in English

    Definitions of “go off” in other dictionaries

    Word of the Day

    paradox

    a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

    Word of the Day

    What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

    by Kate Woodford,
    May 20, 2015
    ​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

    Read More 

    plyscraper noun

    May 18, 2015
    a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

    Read More