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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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