# offset

Offset is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

## Verb

 Plain form offset Third-person singular offsets Past tense offset Past participle offset Present participle offsetting
1. (transitive) If ${\displaystyle x}$ offsets ${\displaystyle y}$, the loss (because) of ${\displaystyle y}$ is balanced by ${\displaystyle x}$.
The school will provide limited scholarships to offset the cost of tuition.
Increases in efficiency partially offset the increased costs.
The few problems are more than offset by the relatively large number of successes.
2. (transitive) If you offset ${\displaystyle x}$ against ${\displaystyle y}$, you compare of contrast them.
All this solid colour is offset by the tiny yellow green flowers.
3. The past tense and past participle of offset.

## Noun

1. (countable) An offset is something that balances (the loss of) something else.
2. (uncountable) (technical) A particular way of printing where the ink moves from surface A to B and then from B to the final C.
3. (countable); (technical) The image produced by this kind of printing.
4. (countable & uncountable); (technical) An offset is the distance that something moves away from where it is supposed to be or where it was.