Meaning of set down in English:

set down

Translate set down into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1set something down, set down somethingRecord something in writing.

    ‘that evening he set down his thoughts in brief notes’
    • ‘But if he would scarcely answer, because it was set down in his notebook.’
    • ‘David Hume set his ideas down here; it was in his home city that William Smellie published the first Encyclopaedia Britannica in the 1760s.’
    • ‘In one of the better sections of his book, Man takes us into this fascinating moment in history - where an oral, nomadic culture decides to set its stories down.’
    • ‘He has been asked so many times by family and friends to tell his tales of railway days that he has set them down on paper.’
    • ‘Thoughts come fast, so fast that it is difficult to set them down in words.’
    • ‘I have yet to set them down, so am unable to defend my dreams and visions.’
    • ‘Some of the writing had faded and the writer would know the breed, size, colour, age and many other details without having to set them down.’
    • ‘However, the awful, inescapable truth is that, having ordered my emotions enough to set them down in words, I almost immediately started to feel better.’
    • ‘These words were set down in his famous work, ‘Self-destruction of Self-destruction.’’
    • ‘It is a sentence written by someone who is writing on automatic pilot, putting down the thoughts pretty much as they popped into her head, and not bothering to arrange them in a sensible order once they were set down on paper.’
    write down, put in writing, put down, put down on paper, put in black and white, jot down, note down, make a note of
    1. 1.1Establish something as a rule or principle to be followed.
      ‘the Association set down codes of practice for all members to comply with’
      • ‘That process will be set in motion, as I've already mentioned, next Tuesday and once set in motion, and once the rules are set down, it will all simply follow automatically.’
      • ‘An exhaustive set of conditions or rules were set down including one which describes the lengths to which anonymity was preserved in some of the composition competitions, and where pseudonyms were to be used.’
      • ‘Some new rules have been set down as a result of this year's congress meeting.’
      • ‘I'll just have to set ground rules down in terms of what time I leave the office.’
      • ‘It may be imposed ‘during the pendency’ of disciplinary charges, but no standards are set down to guide that determination.’
      • ‘He said the Council couldn't increase the level of fines imposed on people, who illegally dumped rubbish, as they were set down in legislation.’
      • ‘In 1995 guidelines were set down for isolation rooms, infection control, general hygiene and hand washing but nobody was recruited to oversee compliance and as a result nobody was to blame.’
      formulate, draw up, establish, frame
  • 2set someone down, set down someoneBritish Stop and allow someone to alight from a vehicle.

    ‘we will set you down at your gates’
    • ‘The bus sets you down just outside the casco histórico - the old city - or rather, just below it.’
    • ‘I was set down from the carrier's cart at the age of three; and there with a sense of bewilderment and terror my life in the village began.’