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Synonyms for set

be set on or upon something


  • be determined to
  • be intent on
  • be resolved to
  • be bent on
  • be insistent on
  • be resolute about

set about someone

set about something


set out: embark


set out: determine


set someone against someone


set someone back

set someone off


set something against something


set something apart


set something aside: reserve

set something aside: ignore

set something down: write down


set something off: detonate

set something off: enhance


set something out: arrange

set something up: establish

set something up: assemble




Synonyms for set

to deposit in a specified place

to put in or assign to a certain position or location

to alter for proper functioning

to arrange tableware upon (a table) in preparation for a meal


to place (a story, for example) in a designated setting


to bring about or come to an agreement concerning

to appoint and send to a particular place

to calculate approximately

to move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something

to change or be changed from a liquid into a soft, semisolid, or solid mass

to make or become physically hard

set aside: to put an end to, especially formally and with authority

set back: to cause to be later or slower than expected or desired

set by: to reserve for the future

set down: to register in or as if in a book

set down: to come to rest on the ground

set forth: to state, as an idea, for consideration

set off: to endow with beauty and elegance by way of a notable addition

set off: to act as an equalizing weight or force to

set out: to work out and arrange the parts or details of

set out: to proceed in a specified direction

set up: to raise upright

set up: to bring into existence formally

set up: to pay for the food, drink, or entertainment of (another)

in a definite and final form; not likely to change

fixed and distinct from others

on an unwavering course of action

in a state of preparedness

a number of individuals making up or considered a unit

a subdivision of a larger group

a group of people sharing an interest, activity, or achievement

a particular social group

the properties, backdrops, and other objects arranged for a dramatic presentation


Synonyms for set

several exercises intended to be done in series

representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production

a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

the act of putting something in position

a unit of play in tennis or squash

the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization

evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout


the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon

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(psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way

any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals

put into a certain place or abstract location

fix conclusively or authoritatively

establish as the highest level or best performance


fix in a border

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set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly

disappear beyond the horizon

adapt for performance in a different way

put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

apply or start

become gelatinous


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set in type


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put into a position that will restore a normal state

insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)


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give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor

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urge to attack someone



equip with sails or masts


get ready for a particular purpose or event

bear fruit

arrange attractively

(usually followed by 'to' or 'for') on the point of or strongly disposed


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fixed and unmoving


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situated in a particular spot or position

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set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"


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being below the horizon

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determined or decided upon as by an authority

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converted to solid form (as concrete)


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