set out

set out
1) PHRASAL VERB When you set out, you start a journey.

[V P prep/adv] When setting out on a long walk, always wear suitable boots. [Also V P]

2) PHRASAL VERB If you set out to do something, you start trying to do it.

[V P to-inf] He has achieved what he set out to do three years ago...

[V P to-inf] We set out to find the truth behind the mystery.

3) PHRASAL VERB If you set things out, you arrange or display them somewhere.

[V P n (not pron)] Set out the cakes attractively, using lacy doilies. [Also V n P]

4) PHRASAL VERB If you set out a number of facts, beliefs, or arguments, you explain them in writing or speech in a clear, organized way.

[V P n (not pron)] He has written a letter to The Times setting out his views...

[V P wh] You will be given a Back To Work plan which sets out how you can best help yourself. [Also V n P]


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