HyperDic: set_about

English > 3 senses of the expression set about:
VERBsocialset about, go about, approachbegin to deal with
creationset about, undertake, attemptenter upon an activity or enterprise
changeset about, get down, begin, get, start out, start, set out, commencetake the first ... / first step or steps in carrying out an action
English > set about: 3 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningBegin to deal with.
PatternSomebody ----s VERB-ing
Synonymsgo about, approach
Narrowerconfront, face up, faceDeal with (something unpleasant) head on
Broaderact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Spanishabordar, emprender, encarar
Catalanabordar, encarar
English > set about: 3 senses > verb 2, creation
MeaningEnter upon an activity or enterprise.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
Synonymsundertake, attempt
Broaderinitiate, pioneerTake the lead or initiative in
Spanishemprender, intentar
Catalanemprendre, intentar
English > set about: 3 senses > verb 3, change
MeaningTake the first ... / first step or steps in carrying out an action.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
ModelThey set about moving
Synonymsget down, begin, get, start out, start, set out, commence
Narrowerattackset to work upon
auspicatecommence in a manner calculated to bring good luck
break instart in a certain activity, enterprise / enterprise, or role
come onOccur or become available
embark, enterSet out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
fallBegin vigorously
get cracking, bestir oneself, get going, get moving, get weaving, get started, get rollingstart to be active
get toarrive at the point of
jump offset off quickly, usually with success
plunge, launchBegin with vigor
recommenceBegin again
strike outSet out on a course of action
Oppositeend, terminateBring to an end or halt
Similar tobeginBegin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
Spanishcomenzar, empezar, estrenar, iniciar, originar, partir, principiar
Catalancomençar, donar començament, estrenar, iniciar, originar, principiar

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