set out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyset out
he/she/itsets out
present participlesetting out
past tenseset out
past participleset out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to start a journey

    After a three-day rest, the travellers set out again.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to explain, describe, or arrange something in a clear and detailed way, especially in writing

    In his report he sets out his plans for the department.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to put something where it can be seen or used
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to start doing or working on something in order to achieve an aim
    set out on:

    When we set out on this project, we knew it would be difficult.

    set out to do something:

    They set out to build their own house.

See also main entry: set