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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyset out
he/she/itsets out
present participlesetting out
past tenseset out
past participleset out

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to leave on a trip
    After a three-day rest, the travelers 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
    merchants setting out their wares
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to start doing or working on something in order to achieve a goal
    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.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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