set the scene - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    to create the conditions that make it possible for an event to happen
    set the scene for:

    These findings have set the scene for further debate on the system.

  2. 2
    to give someone the information that they need so that they can understand what is going to happen or be said

    Let me just set the scene by telling you a little about the school.

See also main entry: scene