to put sth/sb in a particular place or position
She set a tray down on the table.
They ate everything that was set in front of them.
The house is set (= located) in fifty acres of parkland.
to cause sb/sth to be in a particular state; to start sth happening
Her manner immediately set everyone at their ease .
He pulled the lever and set the machine in motion .
The hijackers set the hostages free .
Her remarks set me thinking.
to place the action of a play, novel or film/movie in a particular place, time, etc.
The novel is set in London in the 1960s.
to prepare or arrange sth so that it is ready for use or in position
She set the camera on automatic.
I set my watch by (= make it show the same time as) the TV.
Set the alarm for 7 o'clock.
to arrange knives, forks, etc. on a table for a meal
Could you set the table for dinner?
The table was set for six guests.
to put a precious stone into a piece of jewellery
She had the sapphire set in a gold ring.
Her bracelet was set with emeralds.
to arrange or fix sth; to decide on sth
They haven't set a date for their wedding yet.
The government has set strict limits on public spending this year.
to fix sth so that others copy it or try to achieve it
This could set a new fashion .
They set high standards of customer service.
I am unwilling to set a precedent .
She set a new world record for the high jump.
I rely on you to set a good example .
to give sb a piece of work, a task, etc.
Who will be setting (= writing the questions for) the French exam?
What books have been set (= are to be studied) for the English course?
She's set herself a difficult task.
She's set a difficult task for herself.
I've set myself to finish the job by the end of the month.
to become firm or hard
Leave the concrete to set for a few hours.
The glue had set hard.
to fix your face into a firm expression
Her jaw was set in a determined manner.
to arrange sb's hair while it is wet so that it dries in a particular style
She had her hair washed and set.
to put a broken bone into a fixed position and hold it there, so that it will heal; to heal in this way
The surgeon set her broken arm.
to use a machine or computer to arrange writing and images on pages in order to prepare a book, newspaper, etc. for printing
words to music
to write music to go with words
Schubert set many poems to music.
to go down below the horizon
We sat and watched the sun setting.
含 set 的习语，都可在该等习语中的名词及形容词相关词条找到，如 set the pace 在词条 pace 的名词部分。
Idioms containing set are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example set the pace is at pace n.
to attack sb
to start doing sth
She set about the business of cleaning the house.
We need to set about finding a solution.
to make sb oppose a friend, relative, etc.
She accused her husband of setting the children against her.
to judge sth by comparing good or positive qualities with bad or negative ones
Set against the benefits of the new technology, there is also a strong possibility that jobs will be lost.
to record sth as a business cost as a way of reducing the amount of tax you must pay
to set capital costs off against tax
to make sb/sth different from or better than others
Her elegant style sets her apart from other journalists.
to keep sth for a special use or purpose
Two rooms were set apart for use as libraries.
to move sth to one side until you need it
to save or keep money or time for a particular purpose
She tries to set aside some money every month.
to not consider sth, because other things are more important
Let's set aside my personal feelings for now.
to state that a decision made by a court is not legally valid
The verdict was set aside by the Appeal Court.
to delay the progress of sth/sb by a particular time
The bad weather set back the building programme by several weeks.
to cost sb a particular amount of money
The repairs could set you back over lb200.
to place sth, especially a building, at a distance from sth
The house is set well back from the road.
of a bus or train, or its driver
to stop and allow sb to get off
Passengers may be set down and picked up only at the official stops.
to write sth down on paper in order to record it
to give sth as a rule, principle, etc.
The standards were set down by the governing body.
to start a journey
to present sth or make it known
The President set forth his views in a television broadcast.
of rain, bad weather, infection, etc.
to begin and seem likely to continue
The rain seemed to have set in for the day.
to fasten sth into a flat surface so that it does not stick out from it
a plaque set into the wall
to begin a journey
We set off for London just after ten.
to make a bomb, etc. explode
A gang of boys were setting off fireworks in the street.
to make an alarm start ringing
Opening this door will set off the alarm.
to start a process or series of events
Panic on the stock market set off a wave of selling.
to make sth more noticeable or attractive by being placed near it
That blouse sets off the blue of her eyes.
to make sb start doing sth such as laughing, crying or talking
to attack sb suddenly
I opened the gate, and was immediately set on by a large dog.
to make a person or an animal attack sb suddenly
The farmer threatened to set his dogs on us.
to leave a place and begin a journey
They set out on the last stage of their journey.
to begin a job, task, etc. with a particular aim or goal
She set out to break the world record.
They succeeded in what they set out to do.
to arrange or display things
Her work is always very well set out.
to present ideas, facts, etc. in an organized way, in speech or writing
He set out his objections to the plan.
She set out the reasons for her resignation in a long letter.
to begin doing sth in a busy or determined way
to provide sb with the money that they need in order to do sth
A bank loan helped to set him up in business.
to make sb healthier, stronger, more lively, etc.
The break from work really set me up for the new year.
to trick sb, especially by making them appear guilty of sth
He denied the charges, saying the police had set him up.
to build sth or put sth somewhere
The police set up roadblocks on routes out of the city.
to make a piece of equipment or a machine ready for use
She set up her stereo in her bedroom.
to arrange for sth to happen
I've set up a meeting for Friday.
to create sth or start it
to set up a business
A fund will be set up for the dead men's families.
to start a process or a series of events
The slump on Wall Street set up a chain reaction in stock markets around the world.
to start running a business
She took out a bank loan and set up on her own.
After leaving college, he set himself up as a freelance photographer.
a group of similar things that belong together in some way
a set of six chairs
a complete set of her novels
a set of false teeth
a new set of rules to learn
You can borrow my keys─I have a spare set.
a group of objects used together, for example for playing a game
a chess set
a group of people who have similar interests and spend a lot of time together socially
the smart set (= rich, fashionable people)
Dublin's literary set
a piece of equipment for receiving television or radio signals
the scenery used for a play, film/movie, etc.
We need volunteers to help build and paint the set.
a place where a play is performed or part of a film/movie is filmed
The cast must all be on (the) set by 7 in the morning.
one section of a match in games such as tennis or volleyball
She won in straight sets (= without losing a set) .
a group of things that have a shared quality
a series of songs or pieces of music that a musician or group performs at a concert
a group of school students with a similar ability in a particular subject
She's in the top set for French.
the way in which sb's face or body is fixed in a particular expression, especially one showing determination
She admired the firm set of his jaw.
an act of arranging hair in a particular style while it is wet
A shampoo and set costs lb15.
the state of becoming firm or solid
a young plant, shoot etc. for planting
in a particular position
a house set in 40 acres of parkland
He had close-set eyes.
planned or fixed
Each person was given set jobs to do.
The school funds a set number of free places.
Mornings in our house always follow a set pattern.
not likely to change
不变的教学思想 / 主张 / 观点
set ideas/opinions/views on how to teach
As people get older, they get set in their ways .
of a meal in a restaurant
having a fixed price and a limited choice of dishes
一份晚餐 / 午餐套餐；一份套餐
a set dinner/lunch/meal
Shall we have the set menu ?
likely to do sth; ready for sth or to do sth
Interest rates look set to rise again.
The team looks set for victory.
Be set to leave by 10 o'clock.
of a person's expression
fixed; not natural
a set smile
His face took on a set expression.
to be strongly opposed to sth
Why are you so dead set against the idea?
to want to do or have sth very much; to be determined to do sth
several exercises intended to be done in series
- he did four sets of the incline bench press
近义词: exercise set
the act of putting something in position
- he gave a final set to his hat
any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
- the early sets ran on storage batteries
representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
- the sets were meticulously authentic
近义词: stage set
(psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
- the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution
- his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
- the set of his mind was obvious
the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
- before the set of sun
a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
- a set of books
- a set of golf clubs
- a set of teeth
(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
- the set of prime numbers is infinite
an unofficial association of people or groups
- the smart set goes there
- they were an angry lot
the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
- the hardening of concrete
- he tested the set of the glue
a unit of play in tennis or squash
- they played two sets of tennis after dinner
- dress my hair for the wedding
- the apple trees fructify
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
- Adjust the clock, please
- correct the alignment of the front wheels
set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
- set clocks or instruments
put into a certain state;cause to be in a certain state
- set the house afire
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
- Get the children ready for school!
- prepare for war
- I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill
近义词: fix,prepare,set up,ready,gear up
get ready for a particular purpose or event
- set up an experiment
- set the table
- lay out the tools for the surgery
近义词: set up,lay out
equip with sails or masts
- rig a ship
近义词: rig,set up
- the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme
- We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M.
fix conclusively or authoritatively
- set the rules
decide upon or fix definitely
- fix the variables
- specify the parameters
establish as the highest level or best performance
- set a record
urge to attack someone
- The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders
- the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits
give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
put into a certain place or abstract location
- Put your things here
- Set the tray down
- Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
- Place emphasis on a certain point
insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
- Let's plant flowers in the garden
fix in a border
- The goldsmith set the diamond
put into a position that will restore a normal state
- set a broken bone
apply or start
- set fire to a building
adapt for performance in a different way
- set this poem to music
- The film is set in Africa
set in type
- My book will be typeset nicely
- set these words in italics
disappear beyond the horizon
- the sun sets early these days
近义词: go down,go under
converted to solid form (as concrete)
fixed and unmoving
- with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare
- his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brie
- a face rigid with pain
set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"
- stones laid in a pattern
situated in a particular spot or position
- valuable centrally located urban land
- strategically placed artillery
- a house set on a hilltop
- nicely situated on a quiet riverbank
determined or decided upon as by an authority
- date and place are already determined
- the dictated terms of surrender
- the time set for the launching