What does ‘set’ mean?

The word ‘set’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to harden or put something in a specific position.

For example:

  • The jelly will take 3 hours to set. (harden)
  • Darcy will set the table ready for the dinner party. (put in a specific position)

Set is an irregular verb. The past tense is set and the past participle is set.

phrasal verbs with set

Phrasal verbs with ‘set’ include:

  • Set about (start doing something)
  • Set apart (distinguish between)
  • Set aside (save for later)
  • Set back (delay)
  • Set in (take hold)
  • Set off (start)
  • Set on/upon (attack)
  • Set out (begin a journey)
  • Set up (assemble/install)
phrasal verbs with set

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘set’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with set - set about
phrasal verbs list with set - set apart
phrasal verbs list with set - set aside meaning
hrasal verbs with set - set back meaning
phrasal verbs with set - set in meaning
phrasal verbs with set - set off meaning
phrasal verbs with set - set on/upon meaning
phrasal verbs with set list - set out meaning
phrasal verbs list with set - set up meaning

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with set below.

phrasal verbs exercises

How much have you learnt from this page? Test yourself by filling in the blanks with the correct phrasal verb with ‘set’. Answers are at the bottom, good luck!

phrasal verbs with set exercises
phrasal verbs with set exercises

phrasal verbs speaking practice

Do you think you understand all the phrasal verbs with ‘set’ now? Well… there’s only one way to find out. Find a friend (or a mirror) and practice answering these questions. You can always go back to the pictures above if you get stuck.

english phrasal verbs speaking practice - set
english phrasal verbs speaking practice - set

idioms with verbs – SET

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with set, how about learning the idioms with set too?

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