set on

verb
set on; setting on; sets on

Definition of set on

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

Examples of set on in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of set on

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

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“Set on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20on. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for set on

seton

noun
se·​ton | \ ˈsēt-ᵊn How to pronounce seton (audio) \

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

Seton biographical name (1)

Se·​ton | \ ˈsē-tᵊn How to pronounce Seton (audio) \

Definition of Seton

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Seton

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Definition of Seton (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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