Translation of set off in Spanish:

set off

  • 1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (begin journey) salir* when do you set off on your trip? ¿cuándo sales or te vas de viaje? I set off for France salí para Francia
  • 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (activate) [bomb/mine] hacer* explotar or estallar; [alarm] hacer* sonar; [firework] lanzar*, tirar 2.2 (start) [speculation] dar* lugar a; [strike] desencadenar every time she looked at him, it set her off again cada vez que lo miraba, empezaba otra vez the photographs set us off reminiscing las fotos nos hicieron empezar a rememorar you'll set her off on one of her stories le estás dando pie para que se ponga a contar uno de sus cuentos 2.3 (enhance) hacer* resaltar, darle* realce a the painting was set off by the dark background el fondo oscuro hacía resaltar el cuadro, el fondo oscuro le daba realce al cuadro 2.4 (offset) to set sth off against sth deducir* algo de algo these expenses can be set off against income (for tax reasons) estos gastos se pueden deducir de los ingresos, estos gastos son desgravables 2.5 (separate off) to set sth off (from sth) separar algo (de algo)
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