set out


  • Little Red Riding-Hood sets out to visit her Grandmother
    Little Red Riding-Hood sets out to visit her Grandmother
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set out take the first step or steps in carrying out an action "We began working at dawn","Who will start?","Get working as soon as the sun rises!","The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia","He began early in the day","Let's get down to work now"
    • v set out lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line "lay out the clothes","lay out the arguments"
    • v set out leave "The family took off for Florida"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He Set to Work to Cut Out His Puppet He Set to Work to Cut Out His Puppet
Mrs. Washington set out for Cambridge Mrs. Washington set out for Cambridge
Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early
They all set out upon their way They all set out upon their way
The procession set out The procession set out

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. He set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons.
    • Set out to mark off, to assign:
    • Set out (Bacon) to publish, to adorn: to equip, to furnish: to recommend: to prove: to start
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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.”
  • Bill Vaughan
    Bill Vaughan
    “A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.”
  • Learned Hand
    Learned Hand
    “It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.”
  • George Moore
    “Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right!”
  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
    “I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. settan; cog. with Ger. setzen, Ice. setja, Goth. satjan; settan is the weak causative of sittan, to sit.


In literature:

On the fourth day of December the new king set out for Spain, to the frontiers of which he was accompanied by his two brothers.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
They set out gallantly towards the city by the road they had followed from Venta Cruz.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
All agreed, and each chose his own road and set out.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
Thereupon, at the call of urgent affairs, Maxentius set out for a distant province.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Hazel got her hat, and they set out.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The royal princes and princesses set out two hours ago to Stettin, and thence to Grandenz.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Next morning the plowman set out with the false ring.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
It was not long before they all set out, and their parents took care to lead them into the very thickest and darkest part of the forest.
"The Fairy Book" by Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
They set out after them, but by the time they arrived, they found them already stripped and in the water.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
So the young man had no choice but to set out once more for the wood.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various

In poetry:

Oh then my love, by thine set free,
Would overflow thy men;
In every face my heart would see
God shining out again!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
My room was white with the sun
And Love cried out in me,
"I am strong, I will break your heart
Unless you set me free."
"May Wind" by Sara Teasdale
By dawn the wind had dwindled.
Day broke, brilliant but chilly.
We suited up and set out
to search the blowing snowfields.
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
For I know that each one in his bosom,
Amid the toil and the din,
Has a goal set out in the future
Which he braces himself to win.
"The Worship of Sorrow" by Alexander Anderson
A crown for his young life is won,
Wrought out of slavery's broken chain;
His few glad days in glory done,
Set without cloud or stain.
"Ten Years After - Easter Sunday" by Annie Adams Fields
But stay, methinks new beauties do arise,
While she withdraws these glories which were spread.
Wonder of beauties, set thy radiant head
And strike out day from thy yet fairer eyes.
"Upon Combing Her Hair" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury

In news:

It's that time of year when a new crop of graduates sets out on for a career, many fresh off encouraging commencement speeches from top government officials.
When two, rather than one or three, authors set out to identify the best beers in.
When Tom and Lori Reisenbichler built their three-story, soft contemporary-style home, they set out to prove that sustainability can co-exist with luxury.
While that sounds possible it seems more likely that people set out with the objective of having an influence .
These 11 songs, however, leapt past lousy to the realm of truly offensive, whether they set out to or not.
Just setting out big bowls of candy is not going to cut it.
One company sets out to domesticate the wild, oil-producing weed.
A year ago, after my classes teaching Chinese at Yale were over and the students had left, I set out for my old home in Xi'an, China, to visit relatives.
The Iraqi parliament recently passed a law aimed at reforming the process of "de-Baathification" in Iraq, a key benchmark of political reconciliation set out by President Bush when he announced the troop increase a year ago.
It can be set out on a buffet, or sliced and served in grilled flatbread with dilled yogurt and cucumbers.
Steven DeAngelo set out to produce a sloe gin before realizing that sloe berries don't grow in his native New York.
The Rams certainly never set out to amass 13 seventh-round draft choices, three more than any other team in the league.
The Logger 's Daughter follows Gwen Trice, an African-American woman who was born and raised in Eastern Oregon, as she sets out to explore her family's past.
Lahaina Bypass Now Board President Bob Pure announced that after six years, LBN has accomplished what it set out to do.
You only have to look at the name of Aspire S5 to know Acer set out to build a great computer, but aspiration alone doesn't cut it.

In science:

At the outset one should set out what a theory is in general.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
Indeed, if Lewis sets out to specify V on the spatiotemporal region occupied by continuous matter, the claim is thereby assumed to be true for all p in the region, regardless of vector fields.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
As MFvµ,mµ ) will also have a structure at µ quanta set out in a continuous (resp.
A new track for unifying general relativity with quantum field theories
They set out the further contours for our analysis.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
The original model sets out to estimate the proportion of a population that belongs to a particular, stigmatizing group A.
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