set on


Definition of set on 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : attack

2a obsolete : promote

b : to urge (an animal, such as a dog) to attack or pursue

c : to incite to action : instigate

d : to set to work


biographical name (1)
Se·​ton | \ˈsē-tᵊn \

Definition of Seton (Entry 2 of 3)

Saint Elizabeth Ann 1774–1821 Mother Seton née Bayley American religious leader


biographical name (2)

Definition of Seton (Entry 3 of 3)

Ernest Thompson 1860–1946 originally surname Thompson American (English-born) writer and illustrator

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Examples of set on in a Sentence


without warning, bandits would set on unwary merchants as they traveled along the Silk Road

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Place cake on its cardboard base on a cooling rack set on a baking sheet. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Also just ten miles from Nairobi: the Giraffe Centre, set on a 60-acre sanctuary with a herd of Rothschild giraffe that eat right out of the palm of your hand. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Flight Might Be the Best New Way to Visit Africa," 8 Nov. 2018 The default setting on the 6T is the screamingly oversaturated assault on the eyes that OLED screens have traditionally been known for. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 One night, according to Amnesty, their shelter was robbed — and the door set on fire — by a group of six armed men. Dara Lind, Vox, "An April caravan inspired a lasting border crackdown — and its members faced harassment and violence when they tried to seek asylum in the US.," 18 Oct. 2018 The already powerful Hurricane Florence grew even stronger early Monday afternoon as the storm continued barreling across the Atlantic Ocean with an eye set on parts of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence updated to Category 4 as it barrels toward Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic states," 13 Sep. 2018 Minaj—who just debuted her new neon orange hair—was wearing a belted mini top and underwear set on stage at the time of the mishap. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nicki Minaj Flawlessly Handled A Major Wardrobe Malfunction On Stage," 4 Sep. 2018 Levins has her mind set on offering a crispy trout skin salad made from the trout grown on an Indiana trout farm and smoked at Monnik. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "More than just a gastropub. Food at Monnik is as awesome as the beer," 10 July 2018 Kennedy was set on his path to the court by an unlikely figure. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of set on


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of set on was in the 14th century

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se·​ton | \ˈsēt-ᵊn \

Medical Definition of seton 

: one or more threads or horsehairs or a strip of linen introduced beneath the skin by a knife or needle to provide drainage or formerly to produce or prolong inflammation

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