Definition of Set about

1. Verb. Begin to deal with. "Approach a new project"

Exact synonyms: Approach, Go About
Specialized synonyms: Confront, Face, Face Up
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Approach

2. Verb. Enter upon an activity or enterprise.
Exact synonyms: Attempt, Undertake
Generic synonyms: Initiate, Pioneer
Derivative terms: Undertaking

3. Verb. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action. "They set about moving "; "Let's get down to work now"

Definition of Set about

1. Verb. To initiate or begin some action. ¹

2. Verb. To attack. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Set About

set-builder notation
set-theoretic difference
set-top box
set-top boxes
set (psychology)
set a spell
set ablaze
set about (current term)
set afire
set aflame
set ahead
set apart
set ashore
set aside
set back
set chisel
set decoration
set down
set fire
set foot
set for life
set forth

Literary usage of Set about

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by New York (N.Y.). Board of Education (1882)
"Taking my marks as the standard, the first set are marked about 22% too high, and the second set about ALGEBRA.—In algebra, the examiner's marks of the ..."

2. Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography by James Grant Wilson, John Fiske (1898)
"... lie at once set about, visiting every part of his diocese, and in 1863 held his first synod, in which he framed a complete code of ecclesiastical ..."

3. The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste by Luther Tucker (1874)
"The vines are set in rows eight feet apart, and about six feet apart in the rows, trained to a trellis composed of posts set about eight feet apart, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1889)
"1033, " at nine-pins or ten-banes they have one larger bone set about a yard before the rest call'd the bartle, and to knock down the ..."

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