Synonyms of set
1 putDictionary • He took the case out of her hand and set it on the floor.
put • She put her bag on the floor.
place • Chairs were placed in rows for the parents.
park (informal) • Just park your bag on the floor.
position • Position trailing plants near the edges of the basket.
rest • He rested his arms on the back of the chair.
plant • She planted her feet wide and bent her knees slightly.
station • I was stationed there just after the war.
stick (informal) • He folded the papers and stuck them in a drawer.
deposit • The barman deposited a glass and two bottles of beer in front of him.
locate • It was voted the best city to locate a business.
lodge • He has four weeks in which to lodge an appeal.
situate • The pain was situated above and below the eyes.
2 switch onDictionary • I forgot to set my alarm and I overslept.
activate • video cameras that can be activated by computer
programme • Most VCRs can be programmed using a remote control handset.
3 adjustDictionary • He set his watch, then waited for five minutes.
adjust • To attract investors the country has adjusted its tax laws.
regulate • He breathed deeply, trying to regulate the pound of his heartbeat.
coordinate • Officials visited the earthquake zone to coordinate the relief effort.
rectify • Only an act of Congress could rectify the situation.
4 embedDictionary • a gate set in a high wall
embed • The fossils are embedded in hard sandstone.
fix • Fix the photo to the card using double-sided tape
mount • The fuel tank is mounted on the side of the truck.
install • They had installed a new phone line in the apartment.
fasten • Use screws to fasten the shelf to the wall.
5 arrangeDictionary • A date will be set for a future meeting.
settle • Right, that's settled then.
name • The Scots have yet to name their team.
establish • He has established himself as a pivotal figure in US politics.
determine • The people have a right to determine their own future.
fix • He's fixed a time when I can see him.
schedule • No new talks are scheduled.
appoint • We met at the time appointed.
specify • He has not specified what action he would like them to take.
designate • We need to designate someone as our spokesperson.
ordain • Her brother was ordained as a priest in 1982.
6 assignDictionary • We will train you first before we set you a task.
assign • Later in the year, she'll assign them research papers.
allot • We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
prescribe • The judge said he was passing the sentence prescribed by law.
7 createDictionary • Legal experts said that her case would not set a precedent.
create • They are about to create a scholarship fund for black students.
establish • They established the school in 1989.
institute • We will institute a number of methods to improve safety.
8 hardenDictionary • Lower the heat and allow the omelette to set on the bottom.
harden • Mould the mixture into shape before it hardens.
stiffen • The fine-tuning lens in the eye stiffens with age.
condense • The compressed gas is cooled and condenses into a liquid.
solidify • The thicker lava would have taken two weeks to solidify.
cake • The blood had begun to cake and turn brown.
thicken • Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
crystallize • Keep stirring the mixture or the sugar will crystallize.
congeal • The blood had started to congeal.
coagulate • The blood coagulates to stop wounds bleeding.
9 go downDictionary • The sun sets at about 4pm in winter.
go down • the glow left in the sky after the sun has gone down
sink • Far off to the west the sun was sinking.
dip • The sun dipped below the horizon.
disappear • The car drove off and disappeared from sight.
vanish • Dinosaurs vanished from the earth millions of years ago.
subside • Local officials say the flood waters have subsided.
10 prepareDictionary • She had set the table and was drinking coffee at the hearth.
prepare • He said the government must prepare an emergency plan for evacuation.
lay • Lay a sheet of newspaper on the floor.
arrange • She arranged an appointment for Friday afternoon.
make ready • I'll have a room made ready for him.
11 imposeDictionary • the people who set the rules for the tournament
decree • He got the two men off the hook by decreeing a general amnesty.
ordain (formal) • He ordained that women should be veiled in public.
1 establishedDictionary • A set period of fasting is supposed to bring us closer to godliness.
fixed • Nato was concentrating on hitting buildings and other fixed structures.
standard • It was standard practice for them to advise in cases of murder.
regular • Children are encouraged to make reading a regular routine.
usual • She's smiling her usual, friendly smile.
customary • It is customary to offer a drink or a snack to guests.
inflexible • He was a man of unchanging habits and an inflexible routine.
hard and fast • There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to garden design.
immovable • It was declared unsafe because the support bars were immovable.
2 strictDictionary • They have very set ideas about how to get the message across.
strict • French privacy laws are very strict.
firm • Fruit should be firm and excellent in condition.
rigid • Hospital routines for nurses are very rigid.
hardened • hardened criminals
stubborn • He is a stubborn character used to getting his own way.
entrenched • Japan's entrenched business practices
inflexible • They viewed him as stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic.
ingrained • Morals tend to be deeply ingrained.
deep-rooted • long-term solutions to a deep-seated problem
hidebound • The men are hidebound and reactionary.
3 compulsoryDictionary • One of the set books is Jane Austen's 'Emma'.
compulsory • Many young men are trying to get away from compulsory military conscription.
required • This book is required reading.
4 conventionalDictionary • Use the subjunctive in some set phrases and idioms.
conventional • This is a rather conventional work by a mediocre author.
stock • National security is the stock excuse for keeping things confidential.
traditional • Traditional teaching methods can put students off learning.
formal • He didn't have any formal dance training.
routine • a series of routine medical tests
stereotyped • Listeners seem to have stereotyped ideas.
hackneyed • That's the old hackneyed phrase, but it's true.
5 locatedDictionary • The castle is set in 25 acres of beautiful land.
located • The restaurant is located near the cathedral.
6 fixedDictionary • a set time for collection
fixed • The deal was settled at a prearranged fixed price.
firm • He held a firm belief in the afterlife.
agreed • There is a discount if goods do not arrive by the agreed time.
appointed • The appointed hour for the ceremony was drawing near.
definite • She is very definite about her feelings.
predetermined • The capsules release the drug at a predetermined time.
prearranged • We met at a prearranged time.
1 sceneryDictionary • a movie set
scene • The lights go up, revealing a scene of chaos.
2 positionDictionary • the set of his shoulders
position • He had raised himself into a sitting position.
bearing • She later wrote warmly of his bearing and behaviour.
attitude • scenes of the king in various attitudes of worshipping
carriage • Her legs were long and fine, her hips slender, her carriage graceful.
posture • She walked haltingly and her posture was stooped.
IDIOM:▷ set on or upon something
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ set about someone
▷ set off
▷ set out
▷ set off
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1 seriesDictionary • Only she and Mr Cohen had complete sets of keys to the shop.
series • a series of explosions
collection • He has gathered a large collection of prints and paintings over the years.
kit • also available in do-it-yourself kits
outfit • She was wearing an outfit we'd bought the previous day.
batch • the current batch of trainee priests
ensemble • The state is an ensemble of political and social structures.
2 groupDictionary • the popular watering hole for the literary set
group • a radical group within the Communist Party
company • He was a notable young actor in a company of rising stars.
crowd • All the old crowd from my university days were there.
circle • a small circle of friends
class • the relationship between different social classes
band • bands of government soldiers
crew (informal) • a motley crew of college friends
gang • Come on over; we've got lots of the old gang here.
outfit (informal) • He works for a private security outfit.
faction • A peace agreement will be signed by the leaders of the country's warring factions.
sect • Do you belong to some religious sect?
clique • The country is run by a small clique of wealthy families.
coterie • The songs he recorded were written by a small coterie of dedicated writers.
3 televisionDictionary • We got our first black-and-white set in 1963.
television • She turned the television on and flicked around the channels.
TV • I prefer going to the cinema to watching TV.
telly (British, informal)
the box (British, informal) • Did you actually go to the match or did you watch it on the box?
the tube (slang)
small screen (informal)
gogglebox (British, slang)
idiot box (slang)
4 expressionDictionary • the steely determination in the set of her face
expression • He sat there with a sad expression on his face.
look • They've opted for a rustic look in the kitchen.
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activateIf a device or process is activated, something causes it to start working.
• video cameras that can be activated by computer
set in motion,
set in motion,
adjustIf you adjust something, you change it so that it is more effective or appropriate.
• To attract investors the country has adjusted its tax laws.
agreedIf people are agreed on something, they have reached a joint decision on it or have the same opinion about it.
• There is a discount if goods do not arrive by the agreed time.
Thesaurus for set from the Collins English Thesaurus
to put or place in position or into a specified state or condition