Something to make up for loss or damage
To act as an equalizing weight or force to
To make up for
The little time gained was offset by the anger it aroused.
You can't offset the balance of the entire universe for one woman.
The risk of failure in mining enterprises is offset by the chances of more than ordinary profits.
The obstacle due to lack of coal is offset by the splendid water powers 'afforded by the rapid streams in all parts of the province.