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Translation of "set" - English-Spanish dictionary

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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