Definition of set sail in English:

set sail


  • 1Hoist the sails of a boat.

    • ‘First, we should have checked the boat over closely before setting sail.’
    • ‘Your foot isn't in a pail, you didn't forget to set sail; we aren't even on a boat, and you don't eat like a whale.’
    • ‘We were waiting to pull up the anchor and, preparing to set sail, hoping to find land once again.’
    • ‘The sky looked gray and stormy as the company loaded the ship and they began to set sail.’
    • ‘The creaking of the heavy canvas above her as the crew began to set sail brought her back to the present with a jump.’
    1. 1.1Begin a voyage.
      ‘tomorrow we set sail for France’
      • ‘In a moment, the ship set sail on its return voyage, fading into the glints of sunlight reflecting of the salty bay with a mission to return next summer.’
      • ‘You are about to set sail on a voyage that is very exciting and full of adventure.’
      • ‘But as word got round, the modest flotilla grew into an armada that will set sail from Holyhead tomorrow morning.’
      • ‘The Jews of Spain were expelled from their country in 1492, the year Christopher Columbus set sail.’
      • ‘The world's last ocean-going paddle steamer set sail again just hours after it was feared her hull had been damaged off the Mull of Kintrye.’
      • ‘In 1958, they set sail with the intention of sailing around the world, writing articles as they went.’
      • ‘The book ends where most others would begin, as the forces set sail for Troy.’
      • ‘With great difficulty, we pulled up the anchor and set sail towards the sea.’
      • ‘A ship is anchored and ready to set sail for England on my command.’
      • ‘Several passengers left the boat before it set sail, so concerned were they about its instability.’
      set sail, put to sea, put out, put out to sea, leave port, leave dock, leave harbour, hoist sail, raise sail, weigh anchor, put off, shove off