set out

1) PHRASAL VERB When you set out, you start a journey.

[V P prep/adv] When setting out on a long walk, always wear suitable boots. [Also V P]

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2) PHRASAL VERB If you set out to do something, you start trying to do it.

[V P to-inf] He has achieved what he set out to do three years ago...

[V P to-inf] We set out to find the truth behind the mystery.

3) PHRASAL VERB If you set things out, you arrange or display them somewhere.

[V P n (not pron)] Set out the cakes attractively, using lacy doilies. [Also V n P]

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4) PHRASAL VERB If you set out a number of facts, beliefs, or arguments, you explain them in writing or speech in a clear, organized way.

[V P n (not pron)] He has written a letter to The Times setting out his views...

[V P wh] You will be given a Back To Work plan which sets out how you can best help yourself. [Also V n P]

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  • set out — verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to arrange and present graphically or systematically b. to mark out (as a design) ; lay out the plan of 2. to state, describe, or recite at length < distributed copies of a pamphlet setting out his… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To set out — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set out — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. i. 1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end. [1913 Webster] Ere the weary sun set in the west. Shak. [1913 Webster] Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the next… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Set — (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root of E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Set — (s[e^]t), v. i. 1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end. [1913 Webster] Ere the weary sun set in the west. Shak. [1913 Webster] Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the next is likely …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Set-off — n. [Set + off.] 1. That which is set off against another thing; an offset. [1913 Webster] I do not contemplate such a heroine as a set off to the many sins imputed to me as committed against woman. D. Jerrold. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is use …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Set — Set, n. 1. The act of setting, as of the sun or other heavenly body; descent; hence, the close; termination. Locking at the set of day. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The weary sun hath made a golden set. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is set,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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