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English definition of “go off”

go off

(NOISE) phrasal verb with go     /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
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 ?Sounds made by objects, movement or impact
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