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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
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
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
endurecer, cuajar
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.
montar, engastar
to put (broken bones) into the correct position for healing
componer, encajar
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.
montura, engaste
music composed for a poem etc
adaptación musical
settings of folk songs.
setback noun a delay in progress
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.
setting lotion noun a lotion that is used in setting the hair.
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
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
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
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
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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