||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To begin to deal with something.
||We set about cleaning up the whole house after the flood.
||To start to do something in a determined way.
||The police set about gathering evidence in the house where the murder took place.
||To attack someone.
||The gang set about him with their punches.
||To offset something against another.
||The increases in our salaries have to be set against the rising cost of living.
|To cause someone to be in conflict with another.
||The dispute over inheritance has set sibling against sibling.
||To display a quality that separates someone from other people.
||It is her diligence in her studies that sets her apart from her siblings.
||To reserve something for a particular purpose.
||Every month we set aside a portion of our salaries for the purchase of a house.
|To reserve something for a particular purpose.
||We set aside an hour each day to do the yoga together.
|To declare invalid.
||The High Court set aside his conviction.
||We are going to persuade the two sides to set aside their differences.
||To delay the progress of something.
||The raining season will set back the completion of the building project.
|To cost considerably.
||The house renovation has set us back quite a bit.
||To keep something for future use.
||We must set money by in case it is urgently needed sometime in the future.
||To record in writing.
||I woke up and set down in detail the dream I just had.
|To let someone get out of a vehicle.
||The taxi driver set us down at a wrong cinema.
||To begin a journey.
||Together, they set forth for an unknown destination.
|To express in writing.
||She set forth her ideas of controlling human mind in her latest book.
||To begin to happen and seem likely to continue.
||Global warming has set in and with it more problems will arise.
||To cause (bomb) to explode.
||A police spokesman said the bomb was set off using a remote control.
|To cause (alarm) to go off.
||To ensure maximum security, any little noise can set off the alarm.
|To begin a journey.
||The family is setting off for the Far East.
|To cause to happen.
||An angry argument between rival fans set off a violent disturbance.
||To use an animal or get someone to attack someone else.
||He has vicious dogs ready to be set on those who trespass on his property.
||To be violently attacked.
||He was set upon while walking home alone.
||To start a journey.
||The brothers set out on a journey across central Asia.
|To intend to do something.
||Police investigations revealed she deliberately set out to murder her husband’s lover.
|To undertake to do something.
||They set out as a group to uncover the truth about the haunted castle.
|To arrange and display for sale, exhibition, etc.
||Every evening along the street, the traders set out their wares for sale.
|To aim or attempt to do something.
||He set out to break the world’s record of becoming the oldest bullfighter.
|To specify precisely about something.
||The document set out clear guidelines on the use of chemicals in food production.
||To begin doing something in a vigorous and determined way.
||We set to, and completed the work well before the deadline.
||To establish a business, organization, institution, etc.
||Jack and Jill have set up a business selling rabbit food.
||They set up an investment fund to provide money for their retirement.
|To be provided with enough money to last one's lifetime.
||Owning highly successful businesses has set the father and son up for life.
|To give someone the health or energy needed to do something.
||A good sleep has set him up for the day of long distance driving.
|To make someone who is innocent seem guilty.
||He claimed he was set up when customs officers discovered some drug in his bag.
|To lay claim to being a particular person.
||He sets himself up as a leading authority on termites.
|To erect something.
||Following the escape of a prisoner, police set up road blocks round the surrounding area.
|To organize and implement something.
||The company is setting up a new system of stock control in the new year.
||To start to live a steady life.
||She hopes to settle down before the age of 30, and have a family.
|To start to live a steady life.
||He felt he wasn’t yet ready to settle down.
|To become composed.
||She settled down for a quiet doze on the sofa.
||It didn’t take her long to settle down in her new office environment.
||To accept something that is less than the exact thing that you want.
||The dress of her favourite colour is out of stock, and she settled for a blue one.
|To accept less than what you really want.
||They were prepared to settle for a draw, knowing that their opponent was very difficult to play against.
||To become used to a place.
||The kids settled happily into their new school.
||To decide or agree on something.
||They have not settled on the date for their marriage.
|To transfer money or property to someone.
||He drew up a will to settle a yearly sum on each of his children.
||To pay money owed or due.
||Let’s settle up and leave this bar for supper.
||To kill or injure someone by firing a gun at them.
||The rebels shot down a few villagers who they claimed were government agents.
|To bring down something by shooting it.
||Our antiaircraft gun shot down six enemy aircraft.
|To strongly oppose.
||The proposal was unanimously shot down in the meeting.
||To strive for a goal.
||The team is training hard as it shoots for a place in the final stage.
||To run quickly away.
||The rival gang members stopped the fight and shot off when informed that the police were approaching.
||To shoot at each other.
||The bank guards and the armed robbers shot it out in front of the bank.
||To increase sharply.
||Prices of most kinds of baby food have shot up.
|To grow quickly in size, height, etc.
||Their children have shot up and are now taller than their parents.
|To be full of bullet holes.
||That the house was severely shot up was clearly evident as its walls were heavily riddled with bullet holes.
|To introduce a drug into the body with a hypodermic syringe.
||They would often gather together in the abandoned house to shoot up.