EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SET DOWN

She rose as she spoke, to set down her coffee-cup on the table.

Jacob set down his milk pail, and followed her into the Veaseys' kitchen.

Well, I'd let him set down a spell in Solomon's temple an' look round him.

I set down in my clock-room, about three in the arternoon, an' there I set.

Whatever was set down on either side of the page, Amelia did not care.

An' then she set down in a chair, an' fanned herself with a newspaper.

"Well, I guess 'twon't pay me to set down ag'in," she announced.

Since he had been set down there his eyes had not strayed from the statue of the Virgin.

You can set down Mr. Melville's name with perfect confidence.

Tobe set down the pitcher as gingerly as if it had been a soap-bubble.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English settan (transitive) "cause to sit, put in some place, fix firmly; build, found; appoint, assign," from Proto-Germanic *(bi)satjan "to cause to sit, set" (cf. Old Norse setja, Swedish sätta, Old Saxon settian, Old Frisian setta, Dutch zetten, German setzen, Gothic satjan), causative form of PIE *sod-, variant of *sed- "to sit" (see sit (v.)). Also cf. set (n.2).

Intransitive sense from c.1200, "be seated." Used in many disparate senses by Middle English; sense of "make or cause to do, act, or be; start" and that of "mount a gemstone" attested by mid-13c. Confused with sit since early 14c. Of the sun, moon, etc., "to go down," recorded from c.1300, perhaps from similar use of the cognates in Scandinavian languages. To set (something) on "incite to attack" (c.1300) originally was in reference to hounds and game.

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