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set

verb /set/ ( present participle setting, past tense, past participle set)
to put or place
poser
She set the tray down on the table.
to put plates, knives, forks etc on (a table) for a meal
mettre
Please would you set the table for me?
to settle or arrange (a date, limit, price etc)
fixer
It’s difficult to set a price on a book when you don’t know its value.
to give a person (a task etc) to do
donner
The witch set the prince three tasks The teacher set a test for her pupils He should set the others a good example.
to cause to start doing something
déclencher
His behaviour set people talking.
(of the sun etc) to disappear below the horizon
se coucher
It gets cooler when the sun sets.
to become firm or solid
durcir
Has the concrete set?
to adjust (eg a clock or its alarm) so that it is ready to perform its function
régler
He set the alarm for 7.00 a.m.
to arrange (hair) in waves or curls.
faire une mise en plis
to fix in the surface of something, eg jewels in a ring.
poser
to put (broken bones) into the correct position for healing
remettre en place
They set his broken arm.
setting noun a background
cadre
This castle is the perfect setting for a murder.
an arrangement of jewels in eg a ring.
monture
music composed for a poem etc
mise en musique
settings of folk songs.
setback noun a delay in progress
contretemps
We had a bit of a setback when the car broke down.
set phrase a phrase which always occurs in one form, and which cannot be changed
expression toute faite
‘Of no fixed abode’ is a set phrase.
set-square noun a triangular instrument with one right angle, used in geometrical drawing etc.
équerre (à dessin)
setting-lotion noun a lotion that is used in setting the hair.
fixateur (pour mise en plis)
set-to an argument or fight
prise de bec, bagarre
They had a set-to over which TV programme to watch.
set-up noun an arrangement There are several families living together in that house – it’s a funny set-up. all set ( often with to) ready or prepared (to do something); just on the point of (doing something)
prêt (à, pour)
We were all set to leave when the phone rang.
set about to begin
se mettre à
She set about planning her holiday How will you set about this task?
set (someone) against (someone) to cause (a person) to dislike (another person)
monter qqn contre qqn
She set the children against their father.
set aside to keep for a special use or purpose
mettre de côté
He set aside some cash for use at the weekend.
set back to delay the progress of
retarder
His illness set him back a bit at school.
set down (of a bus etc) to stop and let (passengers) out
déposer
The bus set us down outside the post-office.
set in to begin or become established
survenir; s’installer
Boredom soon set in among the children.
set off (sometimes with on) to start a journey
se mettre en route (pour)
We set off to go to the beach.
to cause to start doing something
déclencher
She had almost stopped crying, but his harsh words set her off again.
to explode or ignite
faire partir (une fusée)
You should let your father set off all the fireworks.
set (something or someone) on (someone) to cause (eg dogs) to attack (a person)
exciter contre
He set his dogs on me.
set out to start a journey
se mettre en route
He set out to explore the countryside.
to intend
chercher à
I didn’t set out to prove him wrong.
set to to start to do something (vigorously)
(s’)attaquer (à)
They set to, and finished the work the same day.
set up to establish
établir
When was the organization set up?
to arrange or construct
installer
He set up the apparatus for the experiment.
set up camp to erect tents etc
établir un camp
They set up camp in a field.
set up house to establish one’s own home
s’installer (dans ses meubles)
He’ll soon be earning enough to set up house on his own.
set up shop to start a shop
ouvrir un commerce/magasin
They set up shop in the High Street.
set upon ( also set on) to attack
se jeter sur
He set upon me in the dark.
(Definition of set from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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