Definition of see someone off in English:

see someone off

phrasal verb

  • 1Accompany a person who is leaving to their point of departure.

    ‘they came to the station to see him off’
    • ‘Upon returning from a voyage, travelers are greeted with a garland of flowers placed around their necks; they are seen off the same way before departures.’
    • ‘I saw him off from a Tokyo station; he was very quiet and rather sad.’
    • ‘He went to the airport to personally receive me on arrival and also see me off on my departure.’
    • ‘Karina and I both thought of seeing Gillis off at the station since he was going home to Sydney that night.’
    • ‘The morning of her departure arrived, and the entire town was there to see her off.’
    • ‘The Professor sees her off at the station early the next morning.’
    • ‘They gathered in the street outside, but it was too early for a flag-waving crowd to see them off.’
    • ‘Her parents were too busy to see her off at the train station, although she was likely to be gone for years.’
    • ‘Judith's mother, Fran, had accompanied them to the airport to see them off.’
    • ‘I remember the last time I saw her, she was not too well but she insisted upon coming along to the bus station to see us off.’
  • 2British Repel an invader or intruder.

    ‘the dogs saw them off in no time’
    • ‘She was frustrated because a large ginger cat was parading itself on the patio in the full knowledge that she could not get out to see him off.’
    • ‘They knew we were watching them, waiting for the raid; we knew we were there, and it was just a matter of not backing down, and seeing them off.’
    1. 2.1informal Deal with the threat posed by.
      ‘they saw off Cambridge in the FA Cup’
      • ‘It proved enough to eventually see Scotland off without undue complications.’
      • ‘Footballers aren't known as tennis players, and I was pretty certain I'd be good enough to see them off.’
      • ‘Although this must rank as one of the most feeble Welsh sides ever to cross the Severn, Scotland had enough to see them off in the end.’
      • ‘Ideally we need to see them off early and get the win that would rubber-stamp our position in the League once and for all.’
      • ‘The number eight seed was also stunned as she was seen off in straight sets.’