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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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