set back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyset back
he/she/itsets back
present participlesetting back
past tenseset back
past participleset back
  1. 1
    to delay the progress of someone or something

    The spending cuts have set the research project back several years.

  2. 2
    set someone back something informal to cost someone a particular amount of money, especially a large amount

    Jim’s new car must have set him back £30,000.

See also main entry: set