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

2be set‘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

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

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fix, embed, insert
mount

4‘an enamelled gold figurine set with precious stones’

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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’

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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?’

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programme, activate
switch on, turn on

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

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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, decline, descend, drop, subside
dip below the horizon, vanish, disappear
ANTONYMS

rise


Synonyms of set in English

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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’

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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’

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kit, apparatus, equipment, rig, outfit

4‘a set of cutlery’

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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’

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expression, look
determined expression, fixed look

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

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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’

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

flexible

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

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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’

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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 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 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 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 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

    Law

    vacate, disaffirm

    archaic

    recall

    ANTONYMS

    uphold, confirm

    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 someone back

    ‘that must have set you back a bit!’


    SYNONYMS

    cost

    British

    knock back

    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 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 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 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 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 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, trigger, trigger off, spark, spark off, 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 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 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 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

    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
    informal

    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, put, put in position

    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