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set sth against sth

verb uk phrasal verb with set   /set/ ( present participle setting, past tense and past participle set) us  

(COMPARE)

to consider something in relation to another thing and compare their different qualities or effects: You have to set the advantages of the plan against the disadvantages.

(FINANCE)

to use or record one thing, especially the cost of something, in order to reduce or remove the effect of another: The cost of business travel and entertainment can be set against tax.
Translations of “set sth against sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 比較, 權衡…
in Chinese (Simplified) 比较, 权衡…
(Definition of set sth against sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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