Type: noun, verb

Definitions: (noun) An offset is something that balances (the loss of) something else. (verb) If A offsets B, A balances (the loss of) B.

Examples: (noun) Because the work is dangerous, employees are given an offset of free, high quality health insurance. (verb) Some countries are using green energy to try to offset the damage done by coal to the atmosphere. (verb) The school will provide limited scholarships to offset the cost of tuition.

Synonyms: verbs: balance, equal, cancel out. nouns: compensation.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 8 A