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give off

Meaning: to produce something like a smell, a gas, heat or light

Synonym: emit

For example:

  • give off Coal-fired power plants give off a lot of damaging fumes and atmospheric pollutants.

  • give off sth Many flowers give off an aroma that attracts insects, and the insects then pollinate the plants.

Nouns often used as objects with
give off: smell, gas, fumes, odour, scent, aroma, stink, heat, light

Quick Quiz:

A skunk is an animal that defends itself by giving off
  1. an awful smell
  2. a pleasant aroma
  3. a loud sound

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