Meaning of “set out” in the English Dictionary

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"set out" in British English

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set out

phrasal verb with set uk /set/ us /set/ verb present participle setting, past tense and past participle set

C2 to start an activity with a particular aim:

She set out with the aim of becoming the youngest ever winner of the championship.
[ + to infinitive ] They set out to discover a cure for cancer.

to start a journey

More examples

  • He set out to become chief executive.
  • I don't set out to annoy him - it just seems to happen.
  • He set out to crush all his enemies.

(Definition of “set out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"set out" in American English

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set out

phrasal verb with set us /set/ verb

to begin to carry out a plan of action:

So many young people set out to change the world.

(Definition of “set out” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"set out" in Business English

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set out

phrasal verb with set uk /set/ us verb setting, set, set

[ I ] to start an activity with a particular aim:

Some people set out with the deliberate intention of running their own business, others stumble into it.
set out to do sth He set out to design software that would be accessible to employees outside the accounting department.

(Definition of “set out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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