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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysee off
he/she/itsees off
present participleseeing off
past tensesaw off
past participleseen off
  1. 1
    to go somewhere such as a station or airport with someone in order to say goodbye to them

    Anne saw Terry off at the station.

  2. 3
    to deal successfully with someone or something, especially by defeating them easily

    The England team saw off a tired-looking Poland 3–1.

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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