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Phrasal Verbs

give off

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. an awful smell

b. a pleasant aroma

c. a loud sound

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