set (something or someone) against

Definition of set (something or someone) against

  1. 1 to put (something) in a place or position so that it is touching (something else) He set the ladder against the wall.

  2. 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. 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. 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. 5 :  to cause (someone) to disagree with or oppose (someone) The incident set brother against brother.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  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

  1. :  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

  1. :  intent, determined

    :  intentional, premeditated

    :  fixed by authority or appointment :  prescribed, specified

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

againstplay
  1. :  in opposition or hostility to

    :  contrary to

    :  in competition with

  1. :  in preparation for the time when


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