Synonyms of set in English:

set1

verb

  • 1 Beth set the bag on the table
    put (down), place, lay, deposit, position, settle, leave, stand, plant, posit
    informal stick, dump, park, plunk
  • 2 the cottage is set on a hill
    be situated, be located, lie, stand, be sited, be perched
  • 3 the fence is set in concrete
    fix, embed, insert; mount
  • 4 a ring set with precious stones
    adorn, ornament, decorate, embellish
    literary bejewel
  • 5 I'll go and set the table
    lay, prepare, arrange
  • 6 we set them some easy tasks
    assign, allocate, give, allot, prescribe
  • 7 just set your mind to it
    apply, address, direct, aim, turn, focus, concentrate
  • 8 they set a date for the election
    decide on, select, choose, arrange, schedule; fix (on), settle on, determine, designate, name, appoint, specify, stipulate
  • 9 he set his horse toward her
    direct, steer, orient, orientate, point, aim, train
  • 10 his jump set a national record
    establish, create, institute
  • 11 he set his watch
    adjust, regulate, synchronize; calibrate; put right, correct; program, activate, turn on
  • 12 the adhesive will set in an hour
    [Antonyms] melt
  • 13 the sun was setting
    go down, sink, dip; vanish, disappear
    [Antonyms] rise
  • Reflections

    set

    I include this simply as an aide-mémoire: there are more meanings for this innocent-looking trinity of letters than there are for any other word in the English language—fully 62 columns’ worth in the complete Oxford English Dictionary, and which naturally include such obvious examples as: the condition of what the sun does each evening; a major part of a game of tennis; what one does if one embarks on a journey; what one does if one puts something down on a table; a collection of a number of items of a particular kind; and a further score, or more, of other disparate and unconnected things and actions. Set is a term in bowling; it is what a dog (especially a setter, of course) does when he is dealing with game; it is a grudge; what cement does when it dries; what Jell-O does when it doesn't dry; a form of power used by shipwrights; what a young woman does when she wants to secure a man's affections; the direction of a current at sea; the build of a person; a kind of underdeveloped fruit; the stake that is put down at dice … need I go on? In the search for a synonym it is worth pointing out, and only half in jest, that it is quite possible that one or other meanings for set might fit the bill, exactly, and will have you all set, semantically, and quite neatly, without nearly as much effort as you supposed.
    Simon Winchester

    Phrases

    set about

    Mike set about raising $5,000beginstartcommencego aboutget to work onget down toembark ontackleaddress oneself toundertake

    set against

    you deliberately set me against my familyalienate fromestrange fromset at oddsdrive a wedge between (one and another)sow dissension between (one and another)

    set apart

  • 1.1 the orchestral background sets this song apart from the rest
    distinguish, differentiate, mark out, single out, separate, demarcate
  • 2.1 one pew was set apart from the rest
    isolate, separate, segregate, put to one side
  • set aside

  • 1.1 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
  • 2.1 he set aside his cup
    put down, cast aside, discard, abandon, dispense with
  • 3.1 set aside your differences
    disregard, put aside, ignore, forget, discount, shrug off, bury
  • 4.1 the Supreme Court set aside the decision
  • set back

    the rains have set back the work on the bridgedelayhold uphold backslow down/upretardcheckdeceleratehinderimpedehobbleobstructhamperinhibitfrustratethwart

    set down

  • 1.1 he set down his thoughts
    write down, put in writing, jot down, note down, make a note of; record, register, log
  • 2.1 we set down some rules
    formulate, draw up, establish, frame; lay down, determine, fix, stipulate, specify, prescribe, impose, ordain
  • 3.1 I set it down to the fact that he was drunk
    attribute, put down, ascribe, assign, chalk up; blame on, impute
  • set forth

    you have set forth a very credible argumentpresentdescribeset outdetaildelineateexplainexpoundstatedeclareannouncesubmitofferput forwardadvanceproposepropound

    set free

    the hostages were set free just minutes agoreleasefreelet goturn looselet outliberatedeliveremancipate

    set in

    bad weather set inbeginstartarrivecomedevelop

    set off

  • 1.1 they set off for America with nothing but the clothes on their backs
    set out, start out, sally forth, leave, depart, embark, set sail
    informal hit the road
  • 2.1 the bomb was set off
    detonate, explode, blow up, touch off, trigger; ignite
  • 3.1 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
  • 4.1 the blue dress set off her auburn hair
    enhance, bring out, emphasize, show off, throw into relief; complement
  • set on/upon

    the relentless Cossacks set upon village after villageattackassailassaulthitstrikebeatthrashpummelwallopset aboutfall on informallay intolace intolet someone have itwork overrough upknock about/aroundhave a go atbeat up onlight into

    set one's heart on

    I think she's set her heart on the orange kittenwant desperatelywish fordesirelong foryearn forhanker afterache forhunger forthirst forburn for informalbe itching forbe dying for

    set out

  • 1.1 he set out early
    set off, start out, sally forth, leave, depart, embark, set sail
    informal hit the road
  • 2.1 the gifts were set out on tables
    arrange, lay out, put out, array, dispose, display, exhibit
  • 3.1 they set out some guidelines
    present, set forth, detail; state, declare, announce; submit, put forward, advance, propose, propound
  • 4.1 you've done what you set out to do
    aim, intend, mean, seek; hope, aspire, want
  • set up

  • 1.1 his father set him up in business
    establish, finance, fund, back, subsidize
  • 2.1 informal she set him up for Newley's murder
    falsely incriminate, frame, entrap
  • 3.1 a monument to her memory was set up
  • 4.1 she set up her own business
  • 5.1 set up a meeting
    arrange, organize, fix (up), schedule, timetable, line up
  • 6.1 set up a committee
    establish, form
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    Synonyms of set in English:

    set2

    noun

  • 1 a set of color postcards
    group, collection, series; assortment, selection, compendium, batch, number; arrangement, array
  • 2 the literary set
    clique, coterie, circle, crowd, group, crew, band, company, ring, camp, fraternity, school, faction, league
    informal gang, bunch
  • 3 a chemistry set
    kit, apparatus, equipment, outfit
  • 4 a set of china
    service
  • 5 the set of his shoulders
    posture, position, cast, attitude; bearing, carriage
  • 6 a set for the play
    scenery, setting, backdrop, flats; mise en scène
  • 7 the band played two sets
    session, time; stretch, bout, round
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    Synonyms of set in English:

    set3

    adjective

  • 1 a set routine
    fixed, established, predetermined, hard and fast, prearranged, prescribed, specified, defined; unvarying, unchanging, invariable, unvaried, rigid, inflexible, cast-iron, strict, ironclad, settled, predictable; routine, standard, customary, regular, usual, habitual, accustomed, wonted
    [Antonyms] variable changing
  • 2 she had set ideas
    inflexible, rigid, fixed, firm, deep-rooted, deep-seated, ingrained, entrenched
    [Antonyms] flexible
  • 3 he had a set speech for such occasions
    stock, standard, routine, rehearsed, well worn, formulaic, conventional
    [Antonyms] original fresh
  • 4 I was all set for the evening
    ready, prepared, organized, equipped, primed
    informal geared up, psyched up
    [Antonyms] unprepared
  • 5 he's set on marrying her
    determined to, intent on, bent on, hell-bent on, resolute about, insistent about
    [Antonyms] uncertain
  • 6 you were dead set against the idea
    opposed to, averse to, hostile to, resistant to, antipathetic to, unsympathetic to
    informal anti
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