Phrasal Verbs Using 'Set'

Set about

Start doing something

Example:We SET ABOUT the cleaning and got it done before lunchtime.

Set about

Attack

Example:The gang SET ABOUT her as she left the bank.

Set apart

Distinguish, be better than or different from others

Example:The quality of their work SETS them APART from their rivals.

Set aside

Overturn a court verdict or decision

Example:The Appeal Court SET ASIDE the guilty verdict because the evidence was unsatisfactory and declared her not guilty.

Set back

Cost

Example:The car repairs SET me BACK eight hundred pounds.

Set back

Delay

Example:The accident SET the project BACK several months.

Set forth

State or outline an opinion

Example:He SET FORTH his ideas in his autobiography.

Set forth

Start a journey

Example:We SET FORTH at daybreak for the summit of the mountain.

Set in

Change season noticeably

Example:Winter has SET IN; it's started snowing.

Set off

Explode a bomb

Example:Terrorists SET OFF a car bomb in the city centre last night. Fortunately, no-one was hurt or killed.

Set off

Ring an alarm

Example:The smoke SET the fire alarm OFF.

Set off

Start a journey

Example:We SET OFF for work at seven-thirty.

Set off

Counterbalance a debt

Example:The company SET OFF its overseas debts against it profits at home.

Set off

Provide a visual contrast that looks good

Example:The dark frame SETS the pale drawing OFF well.

Set off

Cause, trigger events

Example:The pay freeze SET OFF a wave of strikes.

Set on

Attack

Example:He was SET ON when he left the bar.

Set out

Display, show

Example:The figures are SET OUT in the council's annual report.

Set out

Start a journey

Example:The explorers SET OUT for the South Pole yesterday morning.

Set out

Arrange, organise

Example:The contract SETS OUT all the details of the agreement.

Set to

Work hard or enthusiastically

Example:If we all SET TO, we should be able to finish this in a few hours.

Set up

Prepare equipment, software, etc., for use

Example:The technician SET UP the computer network perfectly.

Set up

Start a company

Example:They SET UP a dot com company, floated it a couple of years later on the Stock Exchange and made an absolute fortune.

Set up

Provide someone with the money needed to live

Example:Winning the lottery SET them UP for life.

Set up

Trick, deceive

Example:The police SET them UP.

Set upon

Attack

Example:They SET UPON her when she was in the car park.