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Spanish translation of “set”


verb /set/ (present participle setting, past tense, past participle set)
to put or place 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
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. setting-lotion noun a lotion that is used in setting the hair. set-to an argument or fight 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) We were all set to leave when the phone rang. set about 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 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 He’ll soon be earning enough to set up house on his own. set up shop to start a shop They set up shop in the High Street. set upon (also set on) to attack He set upon me in the dark.
(Definition of set from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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