Synonyms of set in English

: set1set2set3

set1


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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’

SYNONYMS
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

: set1set2set3

set2


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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’

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canteen
box, case

5‘a set of Coalport china’

SYNONYMS
service

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

SYNONYMS
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’

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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


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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’

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 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 apart

    ‘one pew was set apart from the rest’


    SYNONYMS
    isolate, separate, segregate, put to one side
    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 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 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 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
    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 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 back

    ‘that must have set you back a bit!’


    SYNONYMS
    cost
    British knock back
    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 set about, duff up, have a go at
    North American informal beat up on, light into
    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 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 or 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 someone apart


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