Definition of set out in US English:

set out

phrasal verb

  • 1Begin a journey.

    • ‘Be that as it may, the long road would take us too far afield even to begin setting out on it.’
    • ‘Should I set out on such a journey, equivalent to sailing round the world single handed in a rowboat?’
    • ‘The adventure begins when Molly sets out on her quest, oblivious to what await her.’
    • ‘He said Fridays were thought to be the worst for accidents for a number of reasons including extra traffic, tired drivers and people setting out on longer journeys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I handed Richard a radio once we began setting out, informing him and the others about what our course of action was.’
    • ‘We can begin setting out for the planets today rather than someday, or never.’
    • ‘So I still shut my door, put my best foot forward, and set out on my journey.’
    • ‘Canoes were also set to begin searching but strong winds prevented them from setting out.’
    • ‘If this were available then the choice of whether or not to visit these places could be made prior to setting out on the journey.’
    start, make a start, start out, set off, set forth, begin one's journey
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    1. 1.1 Aim or intend to do something.
      ‘she drew up a plan of what her organization should set out to achieve’
      • ‘It does not achieve what it sets out to do (to teach the child how to act in society).’
      • ‘We start the story with Joey's arrival in Dallas, as he sets out to seek fame and fortune as an actor.’
      • ‘What is your project, what are you setting out to achieve?’
      • ‘To achieve that they set out to reduce the number of competitors in the market.’
      • ‘His accomplishments in Zimbabwe suggest he normally achieves what he sets out to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have not achieved what they set out to do with all these schemes.’
      • ‘I find that meditation is a very useful tool to get work done, to achieve what one sets out to achieve.’
      • ‘He achieved what he set out to, and demonstrated that there is a new movement in the US, which is not about to go away.’
      • ‘They have achieved what they set out to and the reasons that took them abroad are no longer valid.’
      aim, intend, mean, seek, have in mind
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