set about something Definition
verb set, setting
- 1. To put, place or fix into a specified position or condition.
- Example: set free
- Example: set them straight
- Example: Everything was set out beautifully
3. To make or become solid, rigid, firm or motionless.
- Example: The jelly has set
- Example: set someone's jaw
- Thesaurus: harden, stiffen, thicken, congeal, solidify, jell, crystallize, condense, gelatinize; Antonym: liquefy.
- Example: Let's set a date
- Thesaurus: determine, specify.
- Example: The lamp posts are set firmly in the cement
- Thesaurus: insert, deposit, establish, anchor, fasten, fix, install, embed, sink; Antonym: loosen, dislocate.
7. To regulate.
8. To put into a state of readiness or preparation.
- Example: set the table
10. To appoint or call (a meeting, etc).
11. To ordain or fix (a procedure, etc).
12. To adjust (a measuring device, eg a clock) to the correct reading.
13. To adjust (a device) so that its controls are activated at a fixed time.
- Example: Set the oven timer to 11 o'clock
15. To propound.
16. To put something upon a course or start it off.
- Example: set it going
18. To put in a position of opposition.
19. To fix (a broken bone) in its normal position for healing.
20. To impose or assign as an exercise or duty
- Example: set a test
- Example: Which text has been set for the exam?
- Example: We must set an example
- Example: diamonds set in a gold bracelet
- Example: She wore a bracelet set with diamonds
- Example: That set me thinking
- Example: We've set her to work
26. To hold or place as a value or consideration of worth.
- Example: set a high price on honesty
- Thesaurus: rate, price, value, estimate, adjust.
27. Said of the Sun or Moon: to disappear below the horizon.
28. To put down or advance (a pledge or deposit).
- To arrange.
30. To have, take on or start along a particular course or direction.
31. Said of a plant: to produce (seed).
32. Said of a plant: to begin to form fruit or seed.
33. To compose or fit music to (words).
34. To position (a sail) so that it catches the wind.
35. To place (a novel, film, etc) in a specified period, location, etc.
- Example: The Great Gatsby is set in the 1920s
36. To dance in a facing position.
- Example: set to your partner
38. To put (eggs) under a hen for incubation.
39. To wager a bet.
40a. Said of a gun dog: to point out (game);
40b. Said of a gun dog :to indicate the location of game by crouching.
41. To sharpen.
- To defeat (one's opponent's contract) usually by a stated number of tricks.
43. Said of a colour in dyeing: to become, or to make it become, permanent or to prevent it running.
- 1. The act or process of setting or the condition of being set.
2. A setting.
3. Form; shape.
- Example: the set of his jaw
- The area within which the action takes place.
- The scenery and props used to create a particular location.
7b. A hairstyle produced by setting.
- Example: a shampoo and set
9. A plant-slip, bulb or tuber ready for planting.
10. A gun dog's indication of game.
- 1. Fixed or rigid; allowing no alterations or variations.
- Example: a set menu
- Thesaurus: settled, solid, entrenched, firm, stable, established, steadfast, determined; Antonym: free, moveable, spontaneous.
- Example: He's too set in his ways
- Thesaurus: obstinate, stubborn, harrow, obdurate, unyielding, relentless; Antonym: flexible.
- Example: set phrases
- Example: We're all set to go
- Example: We're set for a pay rise
- Example: These are the set texts for this year
- To be determined to do it.
- To clamp or clench them tightly together.
- To start off at a pace to be followed by others, eg in a race.
Phrasal Verb: set about someone
- To attack them.
- To start or begin it.
- Example: They set about digging the garden
- To make them mutually hostile.
- Example: They set him against his own family
- To compare or contrast them.To deduct one from the other.
- Example: set expenses against tax
- To separate or put them aside as different, especially superior.
- To disregard or reject it.To reserve it or put it away for later use.
- To delay or hinder its progress.To cause it to return to a previous and less advanced stage.
- Example: They've introduced changes that will set the health service back decades
- Example: How much did that set you back?
- To make them sit down.
- Example: She set him down for a talk
- To record it in writing.To judge or view it (in a specified way).
- Example: The scheme was set down as a failure
- To attribute it to it.
- Example: His behaviour was set down to the stress he was under
- To begin a journey.
- To declare, propose or explain it.
- Example: She set forth her views
- To become firmly established.
- Example: We must leave before darkness sets in
- To start out on a journey.
- Example: We'll set off in the morning
- To provoke them into action or behaviour of a specified kind.
- Example: He can always set us off laughing
- To start it or make it happen.
- Example: You set off a terrible argument that day
- Example: The colour of the dress sets off your eyes
- To attack them.
- To order them to attack
- Example: I'll set the dogs on you if you don't leave!
- To begin or embark on a journey.To resolve or intend (to do something).
- Example: She set out to cause trouble
- To present or explain it.
- Example: She set out her proposals plainly
- To start working; to apply oneself to a task.To start fighting or arguing. See also set-to.
- To put them into a position of guaranteed security.
- Example: The inheritance has set him up for life
- To bring it into being or operation; to establish it.
- Example: He set the company up by himself
- Example: Let's set the tents up over here