n. 25B6; verb
Beth set the bag on the table : PUT (DOWN), place, lay, deposit, position, settle, leave, stand, plant, posit; informal stick, dump, bung, park, plonk, pop; N. Amer. informal plunk.
the cottage is set on a hill : BE SITUATED, be located, lie, stand, be sited, be perched.
the fence is set in concrete : FIX, embed, insert; mount.
a ring set with precious stones : ADORN, ornament, decorate, embellish; poetic/literary bejewel.
I'll go and set the table : LAY, prepare, arrange.
we set them some easy tasks : ASSIGN, allocate, give, allot, prescribe.
just set your mind to it : APPLY, address, direct, aim, turn, focus, concentrate.
they set a date for the election : DECIDE ON, select, choose, arrange, schedule; fix (on), settle on, determine, designate, name, appoint, specify, stipulate.
he set his horse towards her : DIRECT, steer, orientate, point, aim, train.
his jump set a national record : ESTABLISH, create, institute.
he set his watch : ADJUST, regulate, synchronize; calibrate; put right, correct; programme, activate, turn on.
the adhesive will set in an hour : SOLIDIFY, harden, stiffen, thicken, gel, gelatinize; cake, congeal, coagulate, clot; freeze, crystallize.
the sun was setting : GO DOWN, sink, dip; vanish, disappear.
25A0; set about
Mike set about raising £5000 : BEGIN, start, commence, go about, get to work on, get down to, embark on, tackle, address oneself to, undertake.
the youths set about him : ATTACK, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, thrash, pummel, wallop, tear into, set upon, fall on; informal lay into, lace into, pitch into, let someone have it, do over, work over, rough up, knock about/around; Brit. informal duff up, have a go at; N. Amer. informal beat up on.
25A0; set someone against someone else ALIENATE FROM, estrange from; drive a wedge between, sow dissension, set at odds.
25A0; set someone apart DISTINGUISH, differentiate, mark out, single out, separate, demarcate.
25A0; set something apart ISOLATE, separate, segregate, put to one side.
25A0; set something aside
set aside some money each month : SAVE, put by, put aside, put away, lay by, keep, reserve; store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache, withhold; informal salt away, squirrel away, stash away.
he set aside his cup : PUT DOWN, cast aside, discard, abandon, dispense with.
set aside your differences : DISREGARD, put aside, ignore, forget, discount, shrug off, bury.
the Appeal Court set aside the decision : OVERRULE, overturn, reverse, revoke, countermand, nullify, annul, cancel, quash, dismiss, reject, repudiate; Law disaffirm; formal abrogate.
25A0; set someone back (informal) . See cost verb sense 1.
25A0; set someone/something back DELAY, hold up, hold back, slow down/up, retard, check, decelerate; hinder, impede, obstruct, hamper, inhibit, frustrate, thwart.
25A0; set something down
he set down his thoughts : WRITE DOWN, put in writing, jot down, note down, make a note of; record, register, log.
we set down a code of practice : FORMULATE, draw up, establish, frame; lay down, determine, fix, stipulate, specify, prescribe, impose, ordain.
I set it down to the fact that he was drunk : ATTRIBUTE, put down, ascribe, assign, chalk up; blame on, impute.
25A0; set something forth PRESENT, describe, set out, detail, delineate, explain, expound; state, declare, announce; submit, offer, put forward, advance, propose, propound.
25A0; set someone free RELEASE, free, let go, turn loose, let out, liberate, deliver, emancipate.
25A0; set in bad weather set in : BEGIN, start, arrive, come, develop.
25A0; set off SET OUT, start out, sally forth, leave, depart, embark, set sail; informal hit the road.
25A0; set something off
the bomb was set off : DETONATE, explode, blow up, touch off, trigger; ignite.
it set off a wave of protest : GIVE RISE TO, cause, lead to, set in motion, occasion, bring about, initiate, precipitate, prompt, trigger (off), spark (off), touch off, provoke, incite.
the blue dress set off her auburn hair : ENHANCE, bring out, emphasize, show off, throw into relief; complement.
25A0; set on/upon ATTACK, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, thrash, pummel, wallop, set about, fall on; informal lay into, lace into, let someone have it, get stuck into, work over, rough up, knock about/around; Brit. informal duff up, have a go at; N. Amer. informal beat up on, light into.
25A0; set one's heart on WANT DESPERATELY, wish for, desire, long for, yearn for, hanker after, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, burn for; informal be itching for, be dying for.
25A0; set out
he set out early. : See set off .
you've done what you set out to achieve : AIM, intend, mean, seek; hope, aspire, want.
25A0; set something out
the gifts were set out on tables : ARRANGE, lay out, put out, array, dispose, display, exhibit.
they set out some guidelines : PRESENT, set forth, detail; state, declare, announce; submit, put forward, advance, propose, propound.
25A0; set someone up
his father set him up in business : ESTABLISH, finance, fund, back, subsidize.
(informal) she set him up for Newley's murder : FALSELY INCRIMINATE, frame, entrap; Brit. informal fit up.
25A0; set something up
a monument to her memory was set up : ERECT, put up, construct, build, raise, elevate.
she set up her own business : ESTABLISH, start, begin, initiate, institute, found, create.
set up a meeting : ARRANGE, organize, fix (up), schedule, timetable, line up.