German translation of “set”
set verb /set/ (present participle setting, past tense, past participle set)
› to put or place
stellen, legen, setzen
She set the tray down on the table. › to put plates, knives, forks etc on (a table) for a meal
Please would you set the table for me? › to settle or arrange (a date, limit, price etc)
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
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
His behaviour set people talking. › (of the sun etc) to disappear below the horizon
It gets cooler when the sun sets. › to become firm or solid
Has the concrete set? › to adjust (eg a clock or its alarm) so that it is ready to perform its function
He set the alarm for 7.00 a.m. › to arrange (hair) in waves or curls.
› to fix in the surface of something, eg jewels in a ring.
› to put (broken bones) into the correct position for healing
They set his broken arm. setting noun › a background
This castle is the perfect setting for a murder. › an arrangement of jewels in eg a ring.
› music composed for a poem etc
settings of folk songs. setback noun › a delay in progress
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
‘Of no fixed abode’ is a set phrase. set-square noun › a triangular instrument with one right angle, used in geometrical drawing etc.
setting-lotion noun › a lotion that is used in setting the hair.
set-to › an argument or fight
eine Behauptung aufstellen
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)
gerade im Begriff (sein zu)
We were all set to leave when the phone rang. set about › to begin
in Angriff nehmen
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)
She set the children against their father. set aside › to keep for a special use or purpose
He set aside some cash for use at the weekend. set back › to delay the progress of
His illness set him back a bit at school. set down › (of a bus etc) to stop and let (passengers) out
The bus set us down outside the post-office. set in › to begin or become established
Boredom soon set in among the children. set off › (sometimes with on) to start a journey
We set off to go to the beach. › to cause to start doing something
She had almost stopped crying, but his harsh words set her off again. › to explode or ignite
You should let your father set off all the fireworks. set (something or someone) on (someone) › to cause (eg dogs) to attack (a person)
He set his dogs on me. set out › to start a journey
He set out to explore the countryside. › to intend
I didn’t set out to prove him wrong. set to › to start to do something (vigorously)
They set to, and finished the work the same day. set up › to establish
When was the organization set up? › to arrange or construct
He set up the apparatus for the experiment. set up camp › to erect tents etc
They set up camp in a field. set up house › to establish one’s own home
ein eigenes Heim gründen
He’ll soon be earning enough to set up house on his own. set up shop › to start a shop
ein Geschäft gründen
They set up shop in the High Street. set upon (also set on) › to attack
He set upon me in the dark.