■ [VERB] V n -ing, be V-ed adj/adv, V n with prep△You can use set to say that a person or thing causes another person or thing to be in a particular condition or situation. For example, to set someone free means to cause them to be free, and to set something going means to cause it to start working.
- Set the kitchen timer going...
- A phrase from the conference floor set my mind wandering...
- Dozens of people have been injured and many vehicles set on fire...
- Churchill immediately set into motion a daring plan.
- She was set on going to an all-girls school...
- I have to plan my academic work very rigidly and set myself clear objectives...
CF. more example sentences offered in OALD:
- Her manner immediately set everyone at their ease.
- He pulled the lever and set the machine in motion.
- The new leader has set the party on the road to success.
- The hijackers set the hostages free.
- Her remarks set me thinking.
- She's set on a career in medicine.
- He's set on getting a new car
- Who will be setting (= writing the questions for) the French exam?
- What books have been set (= are to be studied) for the English course?
- She's set a difficult task for herself.
- She's set herself a difficult task.
- I've set myself to finish the job by the end of the month.
CF. Dic: [set] be set in your ways