set on

set on; setting on; sets 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 How to pronounce Seton (audio) \

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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The sun sets on Wilshire Boulevard and the glimmer of lights that’s coming through the Neiman Marcus windows matches the twinkling bulbs wrapped around the towering palms outside. Vogue, "Watch Erika Jayne’s Unexpected—And Unforgettable—Night at Neiman’s," 5 Dec. 2018 Video showed the Horizon Air Q400, a turboprop plane that seats 76 people, doing large loops and other dangerous maneuvers as the sun set on Puget Sound Friday evening. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Officials identify remains of Seattle plane thief as 29-year-old Richard Russell," 15 Aug. 2018 Video showed the Horizon Air Q400, a turboprop plane that seats 76 people, doing large loops and other dangerous maneuvers as the sun set on Puget Sound. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Officials: Man who stole plane, died in crash not a pilot," 12 Aug. 2018 Everyone in Indiana knows an Indiana burger is a breaded and fried pork cutlet as big as an open-wheel race car tire set on a bun the size of a beer bottle cap. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Paris has a cafe named Indiana, but don't expect a breaded tenderloin," 24 May 2018 Late Friday, as the sun set on another bonkers week on the internet, kids began walking out of school to protest gun violence, while adults complained about marijuana legalization on unofficial weed day. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: How Was Your Comey Week?," 22 Apr. 2018 Night shift: The light group upgrade really adds a touch of class after the sun sets on the Soul. Scott Sturgis,, "Kia Soul enjoys a turbo boost for 2018," 4 Feb. 2018 Darvish stays at his adopted home and gets another crack at free agency before the sun sets on his career. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Darvish staying calm in stalled market, but would Rangers have a chance if he blinks?," 15 Jan. 2018 The singer-songwriter joined forces with Cardi B in a surprise appearance during DJ Snake’s set on Friday, April 12. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez and Cardi B Join DJ Snake at Coachella 2019," 13 Apr. 2019

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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 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

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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