- 1 (put, place) he set a pitcher of cider before uswe set the proposal before the committeenos puso una jarra de sidra delanteshe set a match to the papersle presentamos or planteamos la propuesta a la comisiónhe set his signature to the documentprendió fuego a los papeles con un fósforo or (Spain) una cerilla or (Mexico) un cerilloI set honesty above all other virtuesle estampó su firma al documentoantepongo la honestidad a todas las demás virtudes
- 2 2.1 (cause to be, become) See examples: to set somebody freeto set somebody looseponer en libertad or liberar a alguiento set somebody at easesoltar a alguiento set fire to something, to set something on firehacer que alguien se sienta a gustoto set a poem to musicprenderle fuego a algo2.2 (make solid, rigid)ponerle música a un poema(jelly/cheese)(cement)his face was grimly sethacer fraguar2.3 (make fast)tenía una expresión adusta or ceñuda(dye)
- 3 3.1 (prepare)(trap)(table)set three places for dinner3.2 (Medicine)pon cubiertos para tres para la cenaExample sentences3.3
(hair)3.4 (Printing)(type)Example sentences
- 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.
- 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!
- 4 (adjust) I set the oven at the highest temperatureI set my watch by the radiopuse el horno a la temperatura más altaI forgot to set the alarm clockpuse el reloj en hora por la radiome olvidé de poner el despertadorExample sentences
- 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.
- 5 5.1 (arrange, agree on) 5.2 (impose, prescribe)(target)5.3 (allot)(task)(exam/test/problem)(text)Example sentences5.4 (establish)
(precedent)(record/standard)you have to set a good examplethis ruling sets a precedenttienes que dar buen ejemplothis set the tone for the rest of the dayeste dictamen sienta jurisprudencia or sienta un precedente jurídicoesto marcó las pautas que se seguirían el resto del díaExample sentences
- 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.
Example sentences5.5 (fix, assign)
- 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.
(price/bail)it's impossible to set a value on lifewe set a very high value on accuracyes imposible ponerle precio a la vidavaloramos mucho or damos mucha importancia a la precisiónExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 6 (cause to do, start) See examples: she set them to work in the gardenhe set the dogs after themlos puso a trabajar en el jardínto set somebody/somethingazuzó a los perros para que los persiguieran
-ingthis will set people thinking/talkingthe news set my pulse racingesto hará reflexionar/dará que hablar a la genteto set somebody laughingla noticia hizo que se me disparara el pulsoto set something goinghacer reír a alguienponer algo en marcha
- 7 (usually passive) 7.1(book/film)the novel is set in Japanthe action is set in Victorian Englandla novela está ambientada en el Japón7.2 (locate)la acción se desarrolla or tiene lugar en la Inglaterra victoriana(building)the mansion is set amid acres of parklandla mansión está situada or enclavada en medio de un vasto parqueExample sentences
- 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.
- 8 (mount, insert) the posts are set in concretethe crown is set with rubieslos postes están puestos en hormigónhis eyes are set deep in his face/too close togetherla corona tiene incrustaciones de rubíestiene los ojos hundidos/demasiado juntosExample sentences
- 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.
- The diamonds have been set close to each other to give them a solitaire look.
- She kept the original, which was set into a tiepin for my father in law.
- 9 (turn, direct) See examples: we set our course for the nearest islandour course is set eastwardpusimos rumbo a la isla más cercanallevamos rumbo al este
- 10 (Botany)(seed)Example sentences
- 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.
- 1 (go down)(sun/moon)ponerseExample sentences
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (become solid, rigid)(jelly)(cement)her face set in a grimacehis expression set in a frozen smile 2.2 (become fast)la cara se le contrajo en una mueca(dye)2.3 (Medicine)fijarse(bone)soldarseExample sentences
- By that time, the bones had set, so doctors had to break the bones again in order to permit a proper resetting.
- 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.
- 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.
- 5 (Botany)(seed/fruit/plant)dar frutoExample sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (begin, tackle) See examples: I spent a long time deciding how to set about the task
- 1 (cause to quarrel)
- (make different)
- 1.1 (save, reserve)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (delay)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (put down)
- 1verb + adverb (depart) [literary] 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (outline, present) [formal]
- 1verb + adverb (gain hold)
- 1verb + adverb (begin journey) when do you set off on your trip?
- 1verb + preposition + object (attack) he was set on by thieves
- 1verb + adverb 1.1→ set off 1 1.2 (begin, intend) See examples: I didn't set out with that intention
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (begin) we set to with a will
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (erect, assemble) (type)
- → set on 1
- 1 countable 1.1 (of tools, golf clubs, bowls, pens, keys)(of books, records)(of stamps)a set of cutlerya set of saucepansun juego de cubiertosuna cuberteríaa set of bedroom furnitureuna batería de cocinaa matching set of sheets and pillowcasesun juego de dormitorioset of denturesun juego de camaa set of headphonesuna dentadura postizaa boxed presentation setunos auricolares or (in Latin America also) audífonosI need four more to make up the setun juego en estuche para obsequiocoffee/tea setme faltan cuatro para completar el juego ( or la colección etc)juego de café/téExample sentences1.2 (Mathematics)
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 countable (+ singular or plural verb) 2.1 (group, clique) See examples: she was never at ease with their sethe goes around with an odd setnunca se sintió cómoda en su círculo or en ese ambientethe county set (British English)anda con un grupo de gente rara2.2la aristocracia menor de provincias(British English) (Sch) (grupo de estudiantes seleccionados de acuerdo a sus aptitudes)Example sentences
- But his board of management and the school's patron body said that both sets of pupils should be taught religion together.
- The government's own research has shattered one of the central planks of his educational philosophy - that the way to raise standards in schools is by putting more pupils in sets.
- He said the marking on some papers was ‘scrappy’ and the inconsistent results made it more difficult to place pupils in appropriate sets for next term.
- 3 countable (Television)Example sentences
- 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.
- 4 countable (in tennis, squash) he won in straight setsganó sin perder or sin conceder ningún setExample sentences
- 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.
- 5 countable (performance) (Music)Example sentences
- 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.
- 7 countable 7.1 (Theater) (stage)(scenery)7.2 (Cinema) to be on setestar en el platóExample sentences
- 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.
- 9 uncountable 9.1 (posture, angle) See examples: the set of her shouldersthe set of his capsu posturathe set of the sails (Nautical)la manera en que lleva puesta la gorrato make a dead set at somebody/somethinghe's making a dead set at the presidencyla posición de las velasshe made a dead set at Davidse ha propuesto obtener la presidencia9.2 (fit) See examples: the set of the collar is wrongtrató de conquistarse or [colloquial] ligarse a David9.3 (of wind, current)el cuello está mal colocado or no asienta bien
- 11→ sett
- 1 (established, prescribed)(wage/price)meals are at set timesthere are no set times for visitinglas comidas son a determinadas horasthere isn't a set procedure for doing itno hay horas de visita establecidashis mornings usually follow a set patternno hay un procedimiento establecido para hacerloone of the set books (Sch, Univ)tiene una rutina establecida para las mañanaswe ordered the set menu/lunch (British English)una de las obras prescritasuna de las obras del programapedimos el menú del día or el menú a precio fijoExample sentences
- 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.
- Every student on a given course simply has to have at least one set book, and probably several.
- A psychiatrist told me he was making the book a set text for his students.
- I am inspired to read the book which passed me by as a set text at school.
- 2 (predicative) 2.1 (ready, prepared) See examples: to be setis everything set for the meeting?estar listoestar pronto (River Plate area)we're all set for action¿está todo preparado or listo or (River Plate area) pronto para la reunión?all set (to go)?estamos listos para la batalla2.2 (likely, about to) See examples:to be set to +¿listos?
infinitivethe problem seems set to deepenllevar camino de + infinitive2.3 (determined, resolute) See examples: she seems set for a comebackel problema lleva camino de recrudecer or agravarsehe was all set to walk outparece estar decidida or resuelta a hacer su reapariciónshe's absolutely set on that bicycleestaba totalmente decidido or resuelto a irsehe's dead set on going to collegeestá empeñada en que tiene que ser esa bicicletaestá resuelto or decidido a ir a la universidad sea como sea
- 3 3.1 (rigid, inflexible)(smile/expression)to be set in one's waysfalto de espontaneidada man of very set opinionstener costumbres muy arraigadasestar muy acostumbrado a hacer las cosas de determinada manerahe is firmly set against innovationun hombre inflexible en sus opiniones3.2 (solid)se opone totalmente a toda innovación(yoghurt/custard/jelly)Example sentences
- 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.
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