Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SET OUT

When he set out he meant to reach the car and go back to town at once.

It was with some trepidation that Pierre set out for the creek.

The moment she had dispatched her letter, she set out to visit her poor friends.

She rose, and having prepared herself, set out to visit her people.

What are these bits of stone, and of wood, and rusted nails, which are set out in front of him?

And, once they set out to get you—God, how they can frame things!

Forthwith, Burke set out to make the most of this favorable opportunity.

I think he was glad when we set out for my own village in the Moon of the Sap Running.

Mali-ya-bwana and Simba set out with a posse of M'tela's men.

I'd be ashamed to go home and admit I hadn't done what I set out to do.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SET OUT

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.