Synonyms of set in English

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set1


See definition of set

verb

1‘Beth set the two bags on the kitchen table’

SYNONYMS

put, place, put down, lay, lay down, deposit, position, settle, station

leave, stow, prop, lean, stand, plant, pose, dispose

informal stick, dump, bung, park, plonk, plump, pop

North American informal plunk

rare posit

2‘the cottage was set on a hill at the back of the village’

SYNONYMS

be situated, be located, lie, stand, be sited, be perched

be found

"be set"

3‘the bright red benches were attached to the ground by bolts set in concrete’

SYNONYMS

fix, embed, insert

mount

4‘an enamelled gold figurine set with precious stones’

SYNONYMS

adorn, ornament, decorate, embellish, deck, bedeck

literary bejewel

5‘I'll go and set the table’

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lay, prepare, arrange, make ready

6‘to find out if attitudes really have changed, we set three couples five everyday tasks’

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assign, allocate, give, allot, deal, prescribe

7‘anyone can lose weight if they set their mind to it’

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apply, address, direct, aim, turn, focus, concentrate

8‘the government had still not set a date for the election’

SYNONYMS

decide on, select, choose, arrange, schedule

fix, fix on, determine, designate, name, appoint, specify, stipulate

settle, resolve on, agree on, confirm

9‘he spun round in surprise and then he set his horse towards her’

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direct, steer, orientate, point, aim, train

10‘his time in the 25m freestyle set a national record’

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establish, set up, create, provide, institute

11‘Mr Crump set his watch by the clock in the hall’

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adjust, regulate, synchronize, coordinate, harmonize

calibrate

put right, correct

technical collimate

12‘have you set the alarm?’

SYNONYMS

programme, activate

switch on, turn on

13‘the adhesive will set hard in about an hour’

SYNONYMS

solidify, harden, become solid, become hard, stiffen, thicken, gel

cake, congeal, coagulate, clot

freeze, crystallize

rare gelatinize

ANTONYMS

melt

14‘the sun was setting and a warm, red glow filled the sky’

SYNONYMS

go down, sink, dip below the horizon

vanish, disappear, subside, decline

ANTONYMS

rise


Synonyms of set in English

: set1set2set3

set2


See definition of set

noun

1‘an envelope containing a set of colour postcards’

SYNONYMS

group, collection, series, complete series

assortment, selection, compendium, batch, number, combination, grouping, assemblage

arrangement, array

2‘it was a fashionable haunt of the literary set’

SYNONYMS

clique, coterie, circle, crowd, group, lot, crew, band, company, pack, ring, cAMP, fraternity, school, clan, faction, party, sect, league, cabal

informal gang, bunch

3‘a chemistry set’

SYNONYMS

kit, apparatus, equipment, rig, outfit

4‘a set of cutlery’

SYNONYMS

canteen

box, case

5‘a set of Coalport china’

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service

6‘although he's in the bottom set, he's doing quite well’

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class, form, study group

stream, band

7‘something in the set of his shoulders suggested that he was uneasy’

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posture, position, cast, attitude

bearing, carriage

8‘her husband's brow furrowed as he noted the set of her face’

SYNONYMS

expression, look

determined expression, fixed look

9‘sponsorship was necessary to defray the costs of building and painting the set’

SYNONYMS

stage furniture, stage set, stage setting, setting, scenery, backdrop, wings, flats

mise en scène


Synonyms of set in English

: set1set2set3

set3


See definition of set

adjective

1‘we have set procedures for dealing with such matters’

SYNONYMS

fixed, established, hard and fast, determined, predetermined, arranged, prearranged, prescribed, scheduled, specified, defined, appointed, decided, agreed

unvarying, unchanging, invariable, unvaried, unchanged, rigid, inflexible, cast-iron, strict, settled, predictable

routine, standard, customary, regular, normal, usual, habitual, accustomed, wonted, conventional

ANTONYMS

changing, variable, unpredictable

2‘she had set ideas about bringing up children’

SYNONYMS

inflexible, rigid, fixed, firm, deep-rooted, deep-seated, ingrained, entrenched, unchangeable

ANTONYMS

flexible

3‘he had a number of set speeches for such occasions’

SYNONYMS

stock, standard, routine, rehearsed, well worn, formulaic, unspontaneous, unoriginal, derivative, conventional, stale, hackneyed, stereotyped, overused

informal hacky

ANTONYMS

fresh, original

4‘I was all set for the evening’

SYNONYMS

ready, prepared, organized, equipped, primed

informal fit, geared up, psyched up, up for it

ANTONYMS

unprepared

5‘he's set on marrying that girl’

SYNONYMS

determined to, intent on, bent on, hell bent on, committed to the idea of, resolved to, resolute about, insistent about, insistent on

ANTONYMS

uncertain

6‘last night you were dead set against the idea’

SYNONYMS

opposed to, averse to, hostile to, in opposition to, resistant to, antipathetic to, unsympathetic to

informal anti


Phrases

    set about

      1‘Mike set about raising £5000 to pay for the boy's medical treatment’

      SYNONYMS

      begin, start, make a start on, go about, set to, get to work on, get down to, get going on, embark on, tackle, attack, address oneself to, buckle down to, undertake

      put the wheels in motion, set the wheels in motion, get down to business, get the ball rolling, set the ball rolling, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plough, roll up one's sleeves, get things moving

      informal

      get cracking, get one's finger out, get weaving

      formal

      commence

      2‘he was pushed up against the wall as the youths set about him’

      SYNONYMS

      attack, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, give someone a beating, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, tear into, set upon, fall on, turn on, let fly at

      informal

      lay into, lace into, beat the living daylights out of, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, work over, rough up, knock about, knock around

      British informal

      duff up, have a go at

      North American informal

      beat up on, light into

    set something against something else

      ‘these figures need to be set against the incomes of the other social groups’

      SYNONYMS

      compare, juxtapose, place side by side with

      offset, set off against

      contrast

      ANTONYMS

      take in isolation

    set someone against someone else

      ‘he wants to set you against me’

      SYNONYMS

      alienate from, estrange from, cause to dislike

      drive a wedge between, cause hostility between, sow dissension, set at odds

      ANTONYMS

      reconcile

    set someone apart

      SYNONYMS

      distinguish, differentiate, mark off, mark out, single out, make different, separate, demarcate

    set something apart

      ‘one pew was set apart from the rest’

      SYNONYMS

      isolate, separate, segregate, put to one side

    set something aside

      1‘set aside some money each month for emergencies’

      SYNONYMS

      save, put by, put aside, put away, lay aside, lay by, put to one side, keep, reserve, keep in reserve

      store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache, put in a safe place, put down

      earmark, withhold, keep for oneself

      North American

      set by

      informal

      salt away, squirrel away, stash away, hang on to

      ANTONYMS

      use, use up, spend

      2‘he set aside his half-empty cup and strode towards the door’

      SYNONYMS

      put down, put to one side, discard, abandon, dispense with, cast aside, drop

      ANTONYMS

      pick up

      3‘can't you set aside your differences for now?’

      SYNONYMS

      disregard, put aside, put to one side, ignore, forget, discount, shrug off, bury, consign to oblivion

      4‘the Court of Appeal set aside the High Court decision’

      SYNONYMS

      overrule, overturn, reverse, revoke, countermand, rule against, nullify, render null and void, annul, cancel, quash, dismiss, reject, repudiate, abrogate, remit

      vacate, disaffirm

      archaic

      recall

      ANTONYMS

      uphold, confirm

    set someone back
    set someone/something back

      ‘we'll have to re-advertise the position, which will set us back another six months’

      SYNONYMS

      delay, hold up, hold back, slow down, slow up, retard, put a brake on, check, decelerate

      hinder, impede, obstruct, hamper, inhibit, interfere with, frustrate, thwart

      British informal

      throw a spanner in the works of

      North American informal

      throw a monkey wrench in the works of

      archaic

      stay

      ANTONYMS

      speed up, expedite

    set something down

      1‘that evening, he set down his thoughts’

      SYNONYMS

      write down, put in writing, put down, put down on paper, put in black and white, jot down, note down, make a note of

      record, register, log, catalogue, tabulate

      2‘the Association set down a code of practice for all members to comply with’

      SYNONYMS

      formulate, draw up, establish, frame

      lay down, determine, fix, stipulate, specify, codify, prescribe, impose, ordain

      3‘I set it down to the fact that he'd had no experience with girls’

      SYNONYMS

      attribute, put down, ascribe, assign, chalk up

      blame on, impute, lay at the door of

    set forth

      ‘accompanied by a large entourage, she set forth for Framlingham’

      SYNONYMS

      set out, set off, start out, sally forth, begin one's journey, leave, depart, set sail

      archaic

      set forward

      ANTONYMS

      arrive

    set something forth

      ‘the policy paper of March 2 sets forth the core of Labour's programme’

      SYNONYMS

      present, describe, set out, detail, delineate, explain, expound, give an account of, rehearse, catalogue, particularize

      state, declare, announce

      submit, offer, put forward, advance, propose, propound

    set free

      ‘there wasn’t enough evidence to hold the suspects and they were set free’

      SYNONYMS

      release, free, let go, allow to leave, let loose, set loose, turn loose, let out, liberate, set at liberty, deliver, emancipate

      literary

      disenthral

      historical

      manumit

      ANTONYMS

      imprison

    set in

      ‘the pilot was winched to safety before bad weather set in’

      SYNONYMS

      begin, start, arrive, come, develop, become established, get under way, settle in

      formal

      commence

    set something in motion
    set off

      ‘on the appointed day, we set off for Heathrow’

      SYNONYMS

      set out, start out, set forth, sally forth, begin one's journey, leave, depart, embark, set sail

      informal

      hit the road

      archaic

      set forward

      ANTONYMS

      arrive

    set something off

      1‘police don't know how the bomb was set off’

      SYNONYMS

      detonate, explode, blow up, touch off, trigger

      ignite, light

      ANTONYMS

      defuse

      2‘the announcement set off a wave of protest’

      SYNONYMS

      give rise to, cause, lead to, set in motion, occasion, bring about, bring on, begin, start, initiate, precipitate, prompt, touch off, provoke, incite, stimulate

      formal

      commence

      ANTONYMS

      bring to an end

      3‘a velvet dress in a deep royal blue which set off her auburn hair’

      SYNONYMS

      enhance, bring out, emphasize, show off, throw into relief, point up

      complement

      heighten, intensify, increase

      ANTONYMS

      clash with

    set on

      ‘he and his friends were set on by a gang’

      SYNONYMS

      attack, assail, assault, hit, strike, beat, give someone a beating, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, tear into, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, let fly at

      informal

      lay into, lace into, beat the living daylights out of, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, work over, rough up, knock about, knock around

      British informal

      duff up, have a go at

      North American informal

      beat up on, light into

    set one's heart on

      ‘Marilyn had set her heart on white satin and four bridesmaids’

      SYNONYMS

      want desperately, wish for, desire, long for, yearn for, be consumed with desire for, hanker after, hanker for, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, lust for, sigh for, burn for, itch for, be dying for, die for

      ‘she had set her heart on going to college’

      See set
    set out

      1‘he set out early next morning’

      SYNONYMS

      start, make a start, start out, set off, set forth, begin one's journey

      depart, leave, get under way, sally forth, embark, set sail

      informal

      hit the road

      archaic

      set forward

      ANTONYMS

      arrive

      2‘well, you've achieved what you set out to achieve’

      SYNONYMS

      aim, intend, mean, seek, have in mind

      hope, aspire, want

      set one's sights on

    set something out

      1‘the gifts were set out on trestle tables’

      SYNONYMS

      arrange, lay out, spread out, array, dispose, present, put out

      display, exhibit

      2‘they set out a series of guidelines’

      SYNONYMS

      present, describe, set forth, detail

      explain, expound, delineate

      state, declare, announce

      submit, offer, put forward, advance, propose, propound

    set someone up

      1‘his father set him up in business’

      SYNONYMS

      establish

      finance, fund, back, subsidize

      2‘after my operation the doctor recommended a cruise to set me up again’

      SYNONYMS

      restore to health, make better, make stronger, strengthen, build up, invigorate, energize, fortify

      rehabilitate

      3‘suppose Lorton had set him up for Newley's murder?’

      SYNONYMS

      falsely incriminate, frame, fabricate evidence against, trap, entrap

      British informal

      fit up

    set something up

      1‘a monument to her memory was set up in Gloucester Cathedral’

      SYNONYMS

      erect, put up, construct, build, raise, elevate

      place

      2‘she set up the business with a £4,000 bank loan’

      SYNONYMS

      establish, start, begin, get going, initiate, institute, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, lay the foundations of

      3‘I'll ask my secretary to set up a meeting with him’

      SYNONYMS

      arrange, organize, fix, fix up, fix a time for, schedule, timetable, sort out, line up