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English verb: set out

1. set out (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.


Synonymsbegin, commence, get, get down, set about, 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

2. set out (contact) lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line


SamplesLay out the clothes.
Lay out the arguments.


Synonymsarray, lay out, range


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


Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up


Narrower (hyponym)compart

3. set out (motion) leave


SamplesThe family took off for Florida.


ExamplesThe children set out to the playground


Synonymsdepart, part, set forth, set off, start, start out, take off


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave


Narrower (hyponym)blaze, blaze out, lift off, roar off, sally forth, sally out, take off









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