verb (sets, setting; past and past participle set)
- Teddy suddenly stood, setting his coffee cup onto the tray as Christopher and Sara looked to him.
- She stood up after setting her tea cup down on a coaster and walked to the coffee table.
- Then she stood to set the dish with its few remaining crumbs back on the tray.
- Santa Barbara is set among rolling hills and vineyards that were beautifully captured in the film Sideways.
- The holiday village is about four miles from Penrith and set among more than 400 acres of woodland and lakes.
- The tasteful and triangular green is set bang in the middle of the large village.
- But he sets the film's first act here, and it's obvious where his sympathies lie.
- The seventeenth century Oxford where the crime writer sets his substantial historical novel is in some ways very similar to Morson's city.
- By setting the film at this time and place, he illustrated that Sade's fantasies had in fact become a horrifying reality.
- On his right wrist he wore the silver bracelet set with lapis stones, and on each of his little fingers, the gold rings.
- The names were set in 6-point type to fit in the six panels for publication on Sunday, May 30.
- Let your child help with meals by choosing foods, preparing food and setting the table.
- He opened the door for her and ushered her outside where a wrought iron table was set for a meal.
- I should have asked if he thinks setting a proper table takes no talent!
- Mathilde subsequently tried, to no avail, to encourage him to use one of her dramas as the basis for an opera, or at least to set her poems to music.
- Time and time again I asked myself why I had returned to set religious texts to choral music.
- This fascinating CD draws on the talents of composers who have set his poetry to music, interspersed with readings from his works.
- Plants set too deep or too shallow may start growth but will lack vigor and may die.
- The sailor merrily trotted off to go and do something else, possibly ease a downhaul or help set a sail.
- It is hard to get going again, hard to get the sails up and set them after the beatings we got.
- Being no flimsy dinghy, this sailboat required a lot of muscle to set so much sail.
- The troops were on their way home a little earlier than planned, and the hostage has been set free.
- Enormous plumes of choking black smoke fill the sky where the oil has been set alight.
- I write the opening paragraph, which sets everything into motion.
- Goods being offered at ultra-low prices should always set alarm bells ringing.
- The rising oil price is setting pulses racing among economists.
- He turns a phrase that sets you thinking.
- She sets herself ‘tasks’, and likes to do them in the morning before going to work.
- None of the tasks these men set themselves could be described as easy.
- His players, those he inherited and those he has acquired, have passed every character test they have been set.
- I felt it would benefit me personally in all future games to set an example and not set such a dangerous precedent.
- It would set a precedent the whole of football would have to follow.
- Resourcefulness is their trait and she says the example her father has set is a constant influence.
- In June another record will be set when five car carriers dock here - the most ever for any one month.
- He is a special player and setting a World Cup record is a marvellous achievement.
- He won by a convincing eight shots and also set a new scoring record for his age division.
- The meeting will take place towards the end of the month although at the time of going to press no firm date has been set.
- To prevent an administrative nightmare, no single date has been set for the changeover.
- No date has been set for the introduction of the rule change which is being recommended by council advisors.
- Clearly it is important therefore for you to liaise with your client to ensure the Credit Limit is set at a realistic level.
- This will execute or abandon the trade automatically within price and time limits set by the user.
- The difference is that the government sets a lower limit to the movement of wages and also mandates working conditions and other benefits that are the same for everyone.
- You could set your clock or watch with Pat as he drove his herd in our out of the parlour to pasture morning and evening.
- Adelaide is the principal city of the state of South Australia (where one sets one's watch back half an hour when crossing the border).
- Simply put, if you see the dawn, your biological clock sets itself to morning.
- I think my alarm clock is set for 5.30 am, so I'd better get my head down for an early night.
- I mean, just what do you do when there is no longer the need to set the alarm clock - and the days stretch ahead of you?
- My eyes must have been more tired than I realised last night and I set the alarm clock for the wrong time.
- If any one of those switches had been set the other way, he would still be alive and fitting fire alarms to Kilburn.
- In the past all I had to do was just set the oven temperature and the length of time I wanted to cook.
- However, I never touched these controls, which were set by the workers who had used the machine before me.
- It tastes fine but I over boiled it and it has set almost rock solid.
- Oh, and if you want a new building material, try having cereal and yogurt, because all the fluid goes into the cereal and the rest of the yogurt sets solid.
- Once set, you hardened them in the airing cupboard and painted them with the stuff that was supplied.
- Charlie read how to set a broken leg and wilted at the thought of doing that to Jo.
- This was operated on but there was a problem setting the bone and when it failed to heal properly, he had to have it done again.
- The surgeon breaks the displaced bone and sets it into a better position.
- By that time, the bones had set, so doctors had to break the bones again in order to permit a proper resetting.
- When he glanced back at the corner, jaw setting, she laid her hand on his arm.
- Following my faint shadow across the tan carpet and up to my feet then leisurely climbing to my face until our eyes meet, the enemy noticeably tenses and her jaw sets.
- His jaw sets and he doesn't respond, and I know he knows that was a mean thing for him to say, but I also know he isn't going to apologise.
- I sat in the soccer field gazing up at the sky as the sun was setting and a new moon was rising.
- The sun was setting over the horizon, and the skies were stained with faint pinks and lavenders and blues.
- Slowly she began to draw a wolf on a cliff looking down on the land below with the sun setting.
- He was arrested last week for allegedly setting the fire.
- Have you ever heard of him throwing televisions out of the hotel windows and setting fires and doing this and that?
- He has, apparently burst out of a burning building, from a fire he set himself.
- Hand-pollinated flowers always set fruit whilst unpollinated flowers did not form any capsules.
- The tree sets heavy crops of medium to large fruits.
- Other authors, have also reported low fractions of flowers setting fruit in pepper.
- Fertilize during the growing season, but to avoid excessive vegetative growth and fewer blooms, do not overapply nitrogen after the first fruit sets.
- He applies a third of each plant's yearly allotment before spring growth starts and the rest after fruit sets.
- Alex rang in with problem tomatoes - he had good flowers but the fruit is not setting.
- Simply cut the heads in July and August before the flower sets seeds.
- Before it sets seeds, Mike digs every last bit of the plant from the soil, then lays it in the sun for a couple of days.
- Where flowers had formerly held forth with a cheerful kaleidoscope of petals, plants were now busily setting seeds.
- She had several picnic tables setting out in the yard and the grill was setting nearby too.
- Let set for a few minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it.
Old English settan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zetten, German setzen, also to sit.
Set, meaning ‘place or put,’ is mainly a transitive verb and takes a direct object: set the flowers on top of the piano. Sit, meaning ‘be seated,’ is mainly intransitive and does not take a direct object: sit in this chair while I check the light meter.
set one's heart (or hopes) on
- Have a strong desire for or to do: she had her heart set on going to collegeMore example sentences
- I am recently out of a relationship with a man that I had set my heart on marrying.
- Up to this point in my life, I had never come close to anything I had set my heart on.
- Hoist the sails of a vessel.More example sentences
- First, we should have checked the boat over closely before setting sail.
- Your foot isn't in a pail, you didn't forget to set sail; we aren't even on a boat, and you don't eat like a whale.
- We were waiting to pull up the anchor and, preparing to set sail, hoping to find land once again.
- Begin a voyage: tomorrow we set sail for FranceMore example sentences
- In a moment, the ship set sail on its return voyage, fading into the glints of sunlight reflecting of the salty bay with a mission to return next summer.
- You are about to set sail on a voyage that is very exciting and full of adventure.
- But as word got round, the modest flotilla grew into an armada that will set sail from Holyhead tomorrow morning.
set one's teeth
- Clench one’s teeth together.More example sentences
- He set his teeth and stared at her hard.
- He set his teeth and watched her walk away.
- Something unreadable flashed across her face, and he set his teeth and whirled around to stalk out of the room.
- Become resolute: they have set their teeth against a change which would undermine their prospects of forming a governmentMore example sentences
- Here he had succeeded in setting his teeth.
- A stable core helps you ‘set your teeth and drag it out’ when you are trying to arc turns through the cut up crud or your ski gets caught in a rut.
- Of course you were correct to set your teeth and endure.
set up shop
- see shop.
set someone straight
- Inform someone of the truth of a situation.More example sentences
- This confused me for a while but I soon found the truth and calmly set them straight.
- He's had a lot of trouble with her - so much that I don't think setting her straight about our friendship is going to help the situation.
- I think he's right; I should have thought of this myself, but I posted the message with very little reflection, and I much appreciate his setting me straight.
set the wheels in motion
- Do something to begin a process or put a plan into action.More example sentences
- Therefore if you are planning to plant in 2004 now is the time to set the wheels in motion.
- She explained that setting the wheels in motion and getting something done about the building was a long and arduous process that would involve many different agencies.
- Personally, I think it's kind of a big deal when a president deliberately sets the wheels in motion to invade another country, before the events later used to justify the war have even taken place.
- She then sets about building the nest laying her eggs as the work proceeds.
- After breakfast he sets about cleaning his truck till it gleams and drives off to work at a stone quarry.
- So what he does is identify a specific problem in the workplace and sets about resolving it.
- He claimed the cabbie had assaulted him, setting about him with a wheel brace and then trying to run him over.
- As he tried to recover it, the other side's players thought she was being assaulted and set about him.
- You cheer when he manages to gain respect by setting about tormentors with a fistful of batteries.
set someone against
- Cause someone to be in opposition or conflict with: he hadn’t meant any harm, but his few words had set her against himMore example sentences
- It was the bitter resentment of an unhappy childhood that set Butler against all dogma, all overweening authority and authoritarianism.
- Now, 9 months later, we have a complicated bill that sets New Zealander against New Zealander.
- There is no place for the kind of Government that sets New Zealanders against each other.
- Offset something against: wives' allowances can henceforth be set against investment incomeMore example sentences
- Offset and current account mortgages work by setting your savings against your borrowings.
- Well, I switched to a flexible mortgage, because I'm self-employed and I can set my tax against my mortgage until I have to pay my tax bill.
set someone apart
- Give someone an air of unusual superiority: his blunt views set him apartMore example sentences
- Name one unusual physical attribute that sets you apart from the crowd.
- So what makes him different, what sets him apart from those who haven't achieved his level of recognition?
- Unusual plots with strange twists have set him apart from other ‘predictable’ commercial Hindi film directors.
set something apart
- Separate something and keep it for a special purpose: there were books and rooms set apart as librariesMore example sentences
- When we make something separate, we set it apart from the mundane world, dedicating it to the use of the Gods.
- The traditional home, of which a couple of rooms have been set apart for the visitors, is located along the banks of Periyar at Aluva and the package begins with an 18-km drive along narrow village roads and a dip in the river.
- The cemetery lay in back of the town quarry between the Middlesex and Brainerd Quarry companies, setting it apart and isolating it high on a promontory overlooking the quarries.
set something aside
set someone/something back
- If revolutionary new therapies are delayed or outlawed, we could be set back for years, if not decades.
- However, just as the discovery of arsenic contamination undermined years of work to provide clean drinking water, crises such as the current floods demonstrate how easily such progress can be set back.
- Do this and the progress of this city will be set back a generation!
- Everyone got to meet my cats, Marian got to show off her salad making talents, and all it set us back was the cost of some frozen hamburger patties and a few bottles of beer.
- The average main course will set you back around £12, while the starters generally cost about £5-6.
- To do the same with a combination system (where you don't have a tank to change), will set you back in the region of £1,000 plus the boiler cost.
set someone down
- Stop and allow someone to alight from a vehicle.More example sentences
- The bus sets you down just outside the casco histórico - the old city - or rather, just below it.
- I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began.
set something down
- Record something in writing.More example sentences
- But if he would scarcely answer, because it was set down in his notebook.
- David Hume set his ideas down here; it was in his home city that William Smellie published the first Encyclopaedia Britannica in the 1760s.
- In one of the better sections of his book, Man takes us into this fascinating moment in history - where an oral, nomadic culture decides to set its stories down.
- Establish something authoritatively as a rule or principle to be followed: the Association set down codes of practice for all members to comply withMore example sentences
- That process will be set in motion, as I've already mentioned, next Tuesday and once set in motion, and once the rules are set down, it will all simply follow automatically.
- An exhaustive set of conditions or rules were set down including one which describes the lengths to which anonymity was preserved in some of the composition competitions, and where pseudonyms were to be used.
- Some new rules have been set down as a result of this year's congress meeting.
set something forth
- State or describe something in writing or speech: the principles and aims set forth in the CharterMore example sentences
- These principles were set forth in the landmark judgments at Nuremberg, and [are] now embodied in the basic instruments of international criminal law.
- Five underlying principles are set forth at the beginning of the Framework.
- Their names are set forth in Schedule A, which is attached as an appendix to this indictment.
- (Of something unpleasant or unwelcome) begin and seem likely to continue: less hardy plants should be brought inside before cold weather sets inMore example sentences
begin, start, arrive, come, develop
- Before the cold weather sets in, have your central heating serviced to ensure you keep your energy bills down.
- But to get the real benefits of cheaper gas and electricity as the cold weather sets in, it is best to act now.
- As the boats were being lowered the Tuscania took on a list to starboard and panic began to set in.
set something in
- Insert something, especially a sleeve, into a garment.More example sentences
- Notice if it has drop shoulders or if the sleeves are set in at the natural armhole.
- Begin a journey.More example sentences
- Drivers are being advised to check road conditions with the Highways Agency before setting off on journeys.
- The notion that one can set off on a journey and arrive at the promised time is regarded as a joke.
- About half an hour after setting off a blizzard descended, I couldn't see five yards in front of me.
set someone off
- Cause someone to start doing something, especially laughing or talking: anything will set him off laughingMore example sentences
- Hunter barely managed to stifle a chuckle, but Brandon was set off into a full laugh.
- And he starts to laugh, and that sets me off too as I realise what I've just said.
- He gave a short laugh, which set her off on another stream of uproarious laughter.
set something off
- The bombs are set off by remote-controlled detonators made from simple devices like this car alarm.
- He instructed me to hold the other bottle, but not to pull it tight, or the lighter would trigger, and might set the bomb off in my hands.
- Around him, bombs were set off, but he only noticed it because he saw them hitting the dark barrier and creating ripples through the shield.
- All wars are set off by actions taken by a Reactionary Power who is dissatisfied with the existing status quo, a state of affairs which suits the status quo power.
- Although a feather in the hat would set it off nicely.
- Pinky mauve or white, the dainty nodding flowers are set off by the beautifully marbled dark green leaves.
- The rugged foliage is a complete contrast to the delicate, frothy pink flowers and sets them off to perfection.
set something off against
- another way of saying set something against above.
set on (or upon)
- Attack (someone) violently.More example sentences
- Years ago he and 10 colleagues were violently set upon outside a club.
- The majority of these were against young boys and girls who were set upon by violent thugs as they made their way home late at night.
- But as he was fleeing he stumbled and was set upon, stabbed and beaten.
set someone/something on (or upon)
- Cause or urge a person or animal to attack: I was asked to leave and threatened with having dogs set upon meMore example sentences
- It was also legal to set hounds on injured animals for humane reasons.
- Young people go around setting their dogs on cats, and it is like a rites of passage.
- Unfortunately, they were defending their ‘right’ to ride around on horses, setting dogs on foxes.
- Begin a journey.More example sentences
- So I still shut my door, put my best foot forward, and set out on my journey.
- Should I set out on such a journey, equivalent to sailing round the world single handed in a rowboat?
- Believe it or not, in those days we dutifully checked radiators and fan belts and oil and petrol and tyre pressure before setting out on any journey of consequence.
- Aim or intend to do something: she drew up a plan of what her organization should set out to achieveMore example sentences
- In the two week break from work I've just had, one of my goals (despite setting out to achieve as little as possible in this time) was to play the game through.
- What is your project, what are you setting out to achieve?
- It does not achieve what it sets out to do (to teach the child how to act in society).
set something out
- Arrange or display something in a particular order or position.More example sentences
- And you passed this table where all his publications were set out on display.
- Milk, rice, and Sri Lankan sweetmeats are set out in precise order, along with the slate on which the child will scrawl the letter.
- At one end, a large projection screen displayed the screen of one of the game players, and about a dozen chairs were set out for people to watch the action.
- Present information or ideas in a well-ordered way in writing or speech: this chapter sets out the debate surrounding pluralismMore example sentences
- Nomination details are set out in an information pack.
- The problems may have remained hidden for longer but for new rules about how pension funds are valued and how that information is set out in the company's accounts.
- These ideas were set out in Hume's Dialogues which was published by an unknown publisher, probably in Edinburgh, three years after his death in 1776.
- Begin doing something vigorously: she set to with bleach and scouring pads to render the vases spotlessMore example sentences
- He exits the room, locking it behind him, and sets to find Basil's things so he can burn them.
- He bows good bye and sets to climb down the mountain side.
- Assuming her son killed him after a fight, she quickly sets to the task of covering up the murder to protect her son.
set someone up
- I guess that tournament has set us up as an established football country in the minds of the rest of the world.
- He knew so little about her that he wondered if she might be better off if he sent her back to San Francisco and set her up in her own establishment.
- Her father is a rich industrialist who sets him up as a nightclub-owner.
- They were always trying to set her up with a "nice guy," but Kayla was never interested.
- "I thought you were trying to set her up with William," Jane commented when they were out of earshot.
- I've been trying to set him up with Lauren!
- Stop for lunch at one of the mountain restaurants, where a hearty helping of the local speciality, Carinthian cheese dumplings, should set you up for the afternoon.
- Ensure you have an ample breakfast to set you up for the ride and have a recovery drink or snack on hand for your return.
- Exercising first thing in the morning will set you up for the rest of the day.
- If Michael is innocent then he was set up by his friends.
- He informed her that Nathan appeared to be setting her up to take the fall for the bank fraud, and advised her to seek counsel.
- He claims he was set up by a travelling companion.
set something up
- An all points bulletin was immediately issued for the car and several roadblocks were set up, but the police came up empty-handed.
- In other areas, police road blocks were set up near polls to intimidate voters.
- Microphones and lights were set up and cameras positioned in readiness.
- Every working day this year 80 businesses will be set up, so that by the end of the year there will be 20,000 new enterprises fighting it out, according to Bank of Ireland.
- Building societies were set up as mutual institutions, which means that those with accounts become members and have certain rights to vote on issues affecting the society.
- Some of our main institutions were set up under British occupation in the 1920s, and there is still a British cemetery near Basra.
- Following six months of meetings and negotiations, an arrangement was set up whereby up to 10,000 farmers had either part or the whole of their debts written off.
- Interim arrangements will be set up to cover those currently paying into other acceptable future savings vehicles.
- However, an arranged marriage was set up with a cousin, whom she had never met before, in Pakistan when she was 19.
set oneself up as
- Establish oneself in (a particular occupation): he set himself up as an attorney in St. LouisMore example sentences
- She sets herself up as Botswana's only female private detective.
- Later, he sets himself up as a one-man security firm and is hired to guard a factory whose female director starts an affair with him.
- In the fourth verse we see her trying to find a new job, in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia trying to learn some of those nasty tricks of the trade and setting herself up as a fence for religious and historical artifacts.
- Claim to be or act like a specified kind of person (used to indicate skepticism as to someone’s right or ability to do so): he set himself up as a crusader for higher press and broadcasting standardsMore example sentences
- I do not need bureaucrats or faculty members from distant fields telling me what to do, especially when they set themselves up as the ultimate arbiters of ethics and professional conduct.
- Those post-war idealists were setting themselves up as communicators in opposition to persuasion, which was seen as a manipulative way of treating other people.
- Anyway, I'm in no way setting myself up as an expert.
- Some of the toys are considered highly collectable and a full set of toys from the range is highly prized.
- Of the last six Christmasses I've spent at home I've collected a full set of the presents I wanted.
- Riders would be booked by phone and arrive with a spare set of protective clothes and crash helmet.
- Looking for old spanners and fondue sets isn't the main reason for my contemplative melancholia.
- Although we knew the tone of the evening when someone forgot the caldron and we had to make do with a fondue set.
- Most fondue sets have six to eight forks included.
- However grand the chandeliers and oil paintings, life in their social set seems far from Gosford Park.
- He may have come within the orbit of the literary set of which Jonson had been the leader.
- He can climb all over an opponent, and he can fling a game and a set and match away in moment of sheer lunacy.
- Winning it back in the fifth game of that set went some way towards helping him to firm up his play.
- He found trouble in the third only because of a loose service game to open the set.
- That also didn't go over so well, as they left after a short set of, let's say, five or so songs.
- The relatively short set of seven songs makes for a remarkable performance.
- There's at least half a dozen anthems in their set, which with a live drummer could be difficult to contain.
- Perform 12-repetition sets of each exercise below, in order.
- Each muscle group should be exercised in three sets of eight repetitions each session.
- Perform three sets of each exercise, with 15 repetitions in each set.
- His work on ordered sets and ordinal numbers is fundamental to the subject.
- This is an example of what is known as a fractal set since its dimension is not a whole number.
- For finite sets, the cardinal numbers are the whole numbers.
- Wet sets are a healthy styling option for our hair, so consider using a compact hooded dryer.
- A cut, shampoo and set would take about an hour, and a perm would take two hours.
- He was eight years old when he witnessed the Battle of Britain in the form of Churchillian rhetoric on a radio set.
- Knots of people formed on street corners close to anyone who had a portable TV or a radio set.
- Early diodes in electronics were made from metal plates sealed inside evacuated glass tubes, which could be seen glowing in the innards of old radio sets.
- Behind every actor you'll find props, stage scenery and sets.
- He also did sets for Jean Cocteau's play Antigone.
- The film is nearly flawless from a cinematic and directorial perspective, with gorgeous scenery, sets, and production design.
- These images bear witness to the pair's physical and emotional closeness on set, but the film was not to go smoothly.
- The second meeting was when Professor Hawking came on set during filming at Cambridge.
- It is only this year that writers in Hollywood gained the right to be on set.
late Middle English: partly from Old French sette, from Latin secta 'sect', partly from set1.
- I've been doing the set work hours thing ever since my first job, but would so much like not to have to.
- It only works as a punishment, with no-one receiving extra pay if they work later than their set hours.
- It won't be a case of ticking the boxes, as it is at the moment, and fulfilling a set number of hours of broadcasting.
- I don't come in with a lot of set ideas about how the actors will move or what the staging is.
- We need a set idea of core values and principles that are not up for discussion.
- Everyone, from the chief executive down, had become trapped in a set pattern of behaviour.
- Matt was now quickly walking over to her and Johnny with a set expression on his face.
- There are several specials, dozens of curries and lots of side dishes, together with set meals for two or four people.
- A set meal was given at lunch time after the supplement to subjects who had fasted overnight.
- Go for the set meals and book in advance as all the restaurants (there are now three of them) fill up.
- The new Bill also makes provision for opt-out clauses for people who are set against their tap water being fluoridated.
- Ironically, he lives in a street that seems set against the idea.
- This understandably heightens Muslims' sense of the world being set against them.
- The plans were only in their early stages, but Joanne had her heart set on marrying Paul some time next year.
- As to the future, he says he is no longer the little boy who had his heart set on playing football in the UK.
- It wasn't even the apartment we had our heart set on, it was just one I went to see last Thursday on a whim.
late Old English, past participle of set1.