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Spanish translation of “set”

set

verb /set/ (present participle setting, past tense, past participle set)
to put or place
poner , colocar
She set the tray down on the table .
to put plates , knives , forks etc on (a table ) for a meal
poner
Please would you set the table for me?
to settle or arrange (a date , limit , price etc)
poner , fijar , acordar
Have you set a date for the wedding yet ?
to give a person (a task etc) to do
mandar
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
provocar
His behaviour set people talking .
(of the sun etc) to disappear below the horizon
ponerse
It gets cooler when the sun sets.
to become firm or solid
endurecer , cuajar
Has the concrete set?
to adjust (eg a clock or its alarm ) so that it is ready to perform its function
poner
He set the alarm for 7.00 a.m.
to arrange ( hair ) in waves or curls .
marcar
to fix in the surface of something, eg jewels in a ring .
montar , engastar
to put ( broken bones ) into the correct position for healing
componer , encajar
They set his broken arm .
setting noun a background
escenario
This castle is the perfect setting for a murder .
an arrangement of jewels in eg a ring .
montura , engaste
music composed for a poem etc
adaptación musical
settings of folk songs .
setback noun a delay in progress
atraso
We had a bit of a setback when the car broke down.
set phrase noun ( linguistics ) a phrase which always occurs in one form , and which cannot be changed
frase hecha
’Of no fixed abode ’ is a set phrase.
set-square noun a triangular instrument with one right angle , used in geometrical drawing etc.
cartabón
setting lotion noun a lotion that is used in setting the hair .
fijador
set-to noun an argument or fight
pelea , discusión
They had a set-to over which TV programme to watch .
set-up noun an arrangement
sistema
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)
listo , preparado
We were all set to leave when the phone rang .
set about phrasal verb to begin
empezar (a), ponerse (a)
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 )
enemistar con, poner en contra de
She set the children against their father .
set aside phrasal verb to keep for a special use or purpose
guardar , ahorrar
He set aside some cash for use at the weekend .
set back phrasal verb to delay the progress of
retrasar , atrasar
His illness set him back a bit at school .
set down phrasal verb (of a bus etc) to stop and let ( passengers ) out
dejar
The bus set us down outside the post-office.
set in phrasal verb to begin or become established
empezar , comenzar , surgir
Boredom soon set in among the children .
set off phrasal verb (sometimes with on) to start a journey
partir , salir , ponerse en camino
We set off to go to the beach .
to cause to start doing something
hacer empezar , provocar , desencadenar
She had almost stopped crying , but his harsh words set her off again.
to explode or ignite
hacer estallar / explotar
You should let your father set off all the fireworks .
set (something or someone) on (someone) phrasal verb to cause (eg dogs ) to attack (a person )
atacar , agredir
He set his dogs on me.
set out phrasal verb to start a journey
partir , salir
He set out to explore the countryside .
to intend
proponerse , tener la intención
I didn’t set out to prove him wrong .
set to phrasal verb to start to do something ( vigorously )
ponerse a, empezar a
They set to, and finished the work the same day .
set up phrasal verb to establish
establecerse
When was the organization set up?
to arrange or construct
montar , instalar
He set up the apparatus for the experiment .
set up camp to erect tents etc
levantar campamento
They set up camp in a field .
set up house to establish one’s own home
instalarse
He’ll soon be earning enough to set up house on his own.
set up shop to start a shop
abrir una tienda
They set up shop in the High Street .
set upon phrasal verb ( set on) to attack
atacar , agredir
He set upon me in the dark .
(Definition of set from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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