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English definition of “set sth against sth”

set sth against sth

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

(COMPARE)

to consider something in relation to another thing and compare their different qualities or effects: You have to set the advantages of the plan against the disadvantages.Comparing and contrasting

(FINANCE)

to use or record one thing, especially the cost of something, in order to reduce or remove the effect of another: The cost of business travel and entertainment can be set against tax.Budgeting and saving moneyAccounting
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