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Translation of "set" - English-French dictionary

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 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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