set (something or someone) against
Definition of set (something or someone) against
1 to put (something) in a place or position so that it is touching (something else) He set the ladder against the wall.
2 : to cause the action of (a film, story, etc.) to happen in (a certain place or during a certain time) —often used as be set against The story is set against (the backdrop of) the Second World War.
3 : to compare (something) to (something else) Let's set the advantages against the disadvantages. —often used as (be) set against The fines were small when set against the company's huge annual profits.
4 British : to list (something) as an expense in order to reduce (income for which tax is due) You can set your mortgage payments against your rental income.
5 : to cause (someone) to disagree with or oppose (someone) The incident set brother against brother.
Word by Word Definitions
: to cause to sit : place in or on a seat
: to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them
: to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator
: the act or action of setting
: the condition of being set
: a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together
: intent, determined
: intentional, premeditated
: fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
: some person : somebody
: in opposition or hostility to
: contrary to
: in competition with
: in preparation for the time when
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