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English verb: set back

1. set back (stative) hold back to a later time

SamplesLet's postpone the exam.

Synonymsdefer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, shelve, table

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)delay

Narrower (hyponym)call, hold, probate, reprieve, respite, suspend

Entailcall off, cancel, reschedule, scratch, scrub

2. set back (social) slow down the progress of; hinder

SamplesHis late start set him back.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hinder, impede

3. set back (stative) cost a certain amount

SamplesMy daughter's wedding set me back $20,000.

Synonymsknock back, put back

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)be, cost

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