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English verb: set about

1. set about (social) begin to deal with


SamplesApproach a task.
Go about a difficult problem.
Approach a new project.


Synonymsapproach, go about


Pattern of useSomebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)confront, face, face up

2. set about (creation) enter upon an activity or enterprise


Synonymsattempt, undertake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer

3. set about (change) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action


SamplesWe began working at dawn.
Who will start?.
Get working as soon as the sun rises!.
The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia.
He began early in the day.
Let's get down to work now.


ExamplesThey set about moving


Synonymsbegin, commence, get, get down, set out, start, start out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)attack, auspicate, bestir oneself, break in, come on, embark, enter, fall, get cracking, get going, get moving, get rolling, get started, get to, get weaving, jump off, launch, plunge, recommence, strike out


Verb groupbegin


Antonymsterminate, end









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