English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to put in a specified position or state
He took the case out of her hand and set it on the floor.
Synonyms
put
She put her bag on the floor.
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place
Chairs were placed in rows for the parents.
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park (informal)
Just park your bag on the floor.
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position
Position trailing plants near the edges of the basket.
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rest
He rested his arms on the back of the chair.
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plant
She planted her feet wide and bent her knees slightly.
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station
I was stationed there just after the war.
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stick (informal)
He folded the papers and stuck them in a drawer.
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deposit
The waiter deposited their coffees in front of them.
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locate
It was voted the best city to locate a business.
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lodge
He has four weeks in which to lodge an appeal.
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situate
The pain was situated above and below the eyes.
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plonk
(verb) 
I forgot to set my alarm and I overslept.
Synonyms
switch on
,
turn on
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activate
video cameras that can be activated by computer
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programme
Many parents were reliant on their children to programme the machine.
(verb) 
Definition
to adjust (a clock or other instrument) to a particular position
He set his watch, then waited for five minutes.
Synonyms
adjust
To attract investors the country has adjusted its tax laws.
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regulate
He breathed deeply, trying to regulate the pound of his heartbeat.
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coordinate
Officials visited the earthquake zone to coordinate the relief effort.
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rectify
Only an act of Congress could rectify the situation.
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synchronize
(verb) 
Definition
to place a jewel in (a setting)
a gate set in a high wall
Synonyms
embed
The fossils are embedded in hard sandstone.
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fix
Fix the photo to the card using double-sided tape
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mount
The fuel tank is mounted on the side of the truck.
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install
They had installed wi-fi in the apartment.
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fasten
Use screws to fasten the shelf to the wall.
(verb) 
Definition
to arrange or establish
A date will be set for a future meeting.
Synonyms
,
decide (upon)
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settle
Right, that's settled then.
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name
The Scots have yet to name their team.
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establish
He has established himself as a pivotal figure in US politics.
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determine
The people have a right to determine their own future.
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fix
He's fixed a time when I can see him.
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schedule
No new talks are scheduled.
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appoint
We met at the time appointed.
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specify
He has not specified what action he would like them to take.
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designate
We need to designate someone as our spokesperson.
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ordain
Her brother had been ordained as a priest.
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fix up
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agree upon
(verb) 
Definition
to prescribe or assign (a task or material for study)
We will train you first before we set you a task.
Synonyms
assign
Later in the year, she'll assign them research papers.
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allot
We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
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prescribe
The judge said he was passing the sentence prescribed by law.
(verb) 
Definition
to arrange or establish
Legal experts said that her case would not set a precedent.
Synonyms
create
They are about to create a scholarship fund for less advantaged students.
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establish
They established the school in 1989.
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set up
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institute
We will institute a number of methods to improve safety.
(verb) 
Definition
to make or become firm or rigid
Lower the heat and allow the omelette to set on the bottom.
Synonyms
harden
Mould the mixture into shape before it hardens.
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stiffen
The fine-tuning lens in the eye stiffens with age.
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condense
The compressed gas is cooled and condenses into a liquid.
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solidify
The thicker lava would have taken two weeks to solidify.
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cake
The mud had begun to cake.
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thicken
Keep stirring until the sauce thickens.
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crystallize
Keep stirring the mixture or the sugar will crystallize.
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congeal
The blood had started to congeal.
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coagulate
The blood coagulates to stop wounds bleeding.
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gelatinize
(verb) 
Definition
(of the sun or moon) to disappear beneath the horizon
The sun sets at about 4pm in winter.
Synonyms
go down
the glow left in the sky after the sun has gone down
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sink
Far off to the west the sun was sinking.
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dip
The sun dipped below the horizon.
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disappear
The car drove off and disappeared from sight.
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vanish
Dinosaurs vanished from the earth millions of years ago.
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subside
Local officials say the flood waters have subsided.
10 (verb) 
Definition
to put into order or make ready
She had set the table and was drinking coffee at the hearth.
Synonyms
prepare
He said the government must prepare an emergency plan for evacuation.
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lay
Lay a sheet of newspaper on the floor.
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arrange
She arranged an appointment for Friday afternoon.
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make ready
I'll have a room made ready for him.
11 (verb) 
Definition
to arrange or establish
the people who set the rules for the tournament
Synonyms
, ,
lay down
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decree
He got the two men off the hook by decreeing a general amnesty.
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ordain (formal)
He ordained that they should wear uniform in public.
12 (verb) 
Synonyms
aim
He was aiming the rifle at me.
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point
He pointed the gun at them.
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train
She trained her binoculars on the horizon.
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direct
He directed the tiny beam of light at the roof.
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steer
What is it like to steer a ship of this size?
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orientate
(adjective) 
Definition
fixed or established by authority or agreement
A set period of fasting is supposed to bring us closer to godliness.
Synonyms
,
fixed
The locking frame can secure bikes to any fixed object.
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specified
,
planned
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standard
It was standard practice for them to advise in cases of murder.
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regular
Children are encouraged to make reading a regular routine.
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usual
She's smiling her usual, friendly smile.
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arranged
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customary
It is customary to offer a drink or a snack to guests.
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inflexible
He was a man of unchanging habits and an inflexible routine.
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hard and fast
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to garden design.
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immovable
It was declared unsafe because the support bars were immovable.
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unvarying
(adjective) 
Definition
rigid or inflexible
They have very set ideas about how to get the message across.
Synonyms
strict
French privacy laws are very strict.
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firm
Fruit should be firm and excellent in condition.
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rigid
Hospital routines for nurses are very rigid.
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hardened
hardened criminals
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stubborn
He is a stubborn character used to getting his own way.
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entrenched
the country's entrenched business practices
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inflexible
They viewed him as stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic.
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ingrained
Morals tend to be deeply ingrained.
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deep-seated
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deep-rooted
long-term solutions to a deep-seated problem
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hidebound
The men are hidebound and reactionary.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
(of material for study) prescribed for students' preparation for an examination
One of the set books is Jane Austen's `Emma'.
Synonyms
compulsory
compulsory military conscription
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required
This book is required reading.
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assigned
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recommended
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imposed
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specified
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prescribed
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stipulated
(adjective) 
Definition
conventional or stereotyped
Use the subjunctive in some set phrases and idioms.
Synonyms
conventional
This is a rather conventional work by a mediocre author.
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stock
National security is the stock excuse for keeping things confidential.
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traditional
Traditional teaching methods can put students off learning.
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formal
He didn't have any formal dance training.
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routine
a series of routine medical tests
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stereotyped
Listeners seem to have stereotyped ideas.
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rehearsed
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hackneyed
That's the old hackneyed phrase, but it's true.
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unspontaneous
(adjective) 
The castle is set in 25 acres of beautiful land.
Synonyms
located
The restaurant is located near the cathedral.
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sited
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situated
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perched
(adjective) 
Definition
fixed or established by authority or agreement
a set time for collection
Synonyms
fixed
The deal was settled at a prearranged fixed price.
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firm
He held a firm belief in the afterlife.
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agreed
There is a discount if goods do not arrive by the agreed time.
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scheduled
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appointed
The appointed hour for the ceremony was drawing near.
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arranged
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prescribed
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definite
She is very definite about her feelings.
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predetermined
We will meet with them at the predetermined time.
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prearranged
We met at a prearranged time.
(noun) 
Definition
the scenery and other props used in a play or film
a movie set
Synonyms
, ,
scene
The lights go up, revealing a scene of chaos.
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stage setting
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stage set
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mise-en-scène (French)
(noun) 
Definition
manner of standing
the set of his shoulders
Synonyms
position
He had raised himself into a sitting position.
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bearing
She later wrote warmly of his bearing and behaviour.
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attitude
scenes of the king in various attitudes of worshipping
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carriage
Her voice is cultured and her carriage is regal.
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posture
She walked haltingly and her posture was stooped.

Phrasal verbs

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(noun) 
Definition
a number of objects or people grouped or belonging together
Only she and Mr Cohen had complete sets of keys to the shop.
Synonyms
series
a series of explosions
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collection
He has gathered a large collection of prints and paintings over the years.
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kit
also available in do-it-yourself kits
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outfit
She was wearing an outfit we'd bought the previous day.
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batch
the current batch of trainee priests
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coordinated group
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ensemble
The state is an ensemble of political and social structures.
(noun) 
Definition
a group of people who associate with each other or have similar interests
the popular watering hole for the literary set
Synonyms
group
a radical group within the Communist Party
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company
He was a notable young actor in a company of rising stars.
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crowd
All the old crowd from my university days were there.
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circle
a small circle of friends
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class
the relationship between different social classes
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band
bands of government soldiers
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crew (informal)
a motley crew of college friends
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gang
Come on over; we've got lots of the old gang here.
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outfit (informal)
He works for a private security outfit.
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faction
A peace agreement will be signed by the leaders of the country's warring factions.
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sect
Do you belong to some religious sect?
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posse (informal)
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clique
The country is run by a small clique of wealthy families.
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coterie
The songs he recorded were written by a small coterie of dedicated writers.
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(noun) 
Definition
a television or piece of radio equipment
In 1972, most homes still had black-and-white sets.
Synonyms
television
She turned the television on and flicked around the channels.
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TV
I prefer going to the cinema to watching TV.
The TV was on.
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telly (British, informal)
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the box (British, informal)
Did you actually go to the match or did you watch it on the box?
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the tube (slang)
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TV set
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small screen (informal)
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gogglebox (British, slang)
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idiot box (slang)
(noun) 
the steely determination in the set of her face
Synonyms
expression
He sat there with a sad expression on his face.
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look
They've opted for a rustic look in the kitchen.
(noun) 
Definition
the scenery and other props used in a dramatic production, film, etc.
He achieved fame for his stage sets for the Folies Bergères.
Synonyms
scenery
There was a break while the scenery was changed.
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setting
The house is in a lovely setting in the hills.
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flats
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mise en scène (French)
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stage furniture

Additional synonyms

in the sense of activate
Definition
to make something active
video cameras that can be activated by computer
Synonyms
trigger (off),
turn on,
switch on,
get going,
kick-start (informal),
set in motion,
set going,
in the sense of agreed
There is a discount if goods do not arrive by the agreed time.
Synonyms
in the sense of allot
Definition
to assign as a share or for a particular purpose
We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
Synonyms
set aside,
mete,
share out,

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