from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fix upon; to attach strongly to; as, to set one's heart or affections on some object. See definition 2, above.
  • intransitive v. To assault; to make an attack.


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  • And herein you may observe two things: -- something intimated; and that is, an unwillingness in men to own these dispensations of God; hence the Lord undertakes himself to set on a conviction upon them, as a thing of great difficulty; -- and something expressed; which is the conviction itself that shall in the issue fall upon them, notwithstanding all their reluctancy.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • How could tha help thysen if he were to set on thee.

    That Lass o' Lowrie's: A Lancashire Story

  • Mr. Emmerson went to him yesterday on the receipt of your letter, and informed him of its contents, and it was concluded to set on foot a private friendly subscription to help Farmer John in his concerns.

    Life and Remains of John Clare

  • As the sun began to set on that summer afternoon, casting a red glow behind the valley, which was now in deep shadow, Sam and Megan helped Dr. Dyer light the bonfire while Mrs. Dyer and the other children laid out the food on a large tablecloth.


  • Not content with this intolerance, he sent an army to reduce the Ammonians to slavery, and to set on fire the temple in which Jupiter delivered his oracles.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Oh, you have the courage of a pack of pi-dogs, to set on a poor soul unarmed — aiee, my brother, my brother, my Jawaheer, my prince! "

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light


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