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set (one) apart (from someone)

To make one noticeable or remarkable (in comparison to someone else); to distinguish one. The author's brilliant wit really sets her apart from other contemporary writers today. He's an average enough kid in most ways, but his encyclopedic knowledge of insects sets him apart.
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set (something) apart (for something)

To reserve or put aside something for a specific future use. He plans to set some of the profits apart for investment in a new company. When making our distinct organic yogurt, we always set apart some of the live bacterial cultures to be used in the next batch.
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set someone apart (from someone else)

to make someone stand out when compared to someone else. Her flaming red hair sets her apart from all the others in her class. They set themselves apart from the rest due to their superb accomplishments.
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set apart

1. Reserve for a specific use, as in One group of tissue samples was set apart for incubation. [c. 1600]
2. Make noticeable, as in Certain traits set her apart from her peers. [Late 1400s]
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set apart

1. To reserve something for a specific use: The villagers set apart two goats for the sacrifice.
2. To make someone or something noticeable: Your spontaneity sets you apart from the other actors.
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For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of thanksgiving.
Two days are set apart for disabled and infirm citizens.
To be set apart, developers have taken the once typical luxury services such as 24-hour concierge, top-of-the-line appliances and design, walk-in-closets, indoor pools and gyms, and loaded their buildings with such amenities ranging from virtual golf, private wine storage, dog grooming services, gardens and even lifestyle coaches.
When something is made holy - set apart for God - we are not restoring the purity of Eden but building toward the sacredness of the world to come.
i]ncome although not actually reduced to a taxpayer's possession is constructively received by him in the taxable year during which it is credited to his account, set apart for him, or otherwise made available so that he may draw upon it at any time, or so that he could have drawn upon it during the taxable year if notice of intention to withdraw had been given.
In addition, programs or items that will be phased out of inventory by December 31, 2010, should be set apart in the plans for an exemption to the UID requirement.
The officer in charge shall not bury, or allow to be buried, any colored persons upon ground set apart or used for the burial of white persons.
Country Life magazine said Kingham, in the Cotswolds, was set apart from its peers by its particular mix of charm, practicality, community and spirit, and for being ``excitingly alive''.
The Miradors is a literary work, set apart by its originality of thought and style.
Two installations were set apart from the exhibition's main galleries, and, perhaps accordingly, they were weaker than the rest.
While the House of Commons has now set apart a day to commemorate the European Jewish Holocaust in Canada (April 19), it has not yet acted upon the Senate motion.
As the tone and the break in the text at Gen 1:26-27 intimates, the creation of the adam is to be set apart from the rest of creation.
The codification of whiteness, efforts across the still new nation to set apart the rights of whites from the those denied to blacks, was taking place.
The Crown, notably Elizabeth and the early Stuarts, backed by high Anglican bishops, wished them to be set apart by their daily dress, ritual vestments and style of life, and to serve the state as channels of royal propaganda and control, while the more democratic tendency represented by the Puritans emphasised their preaching rather than their sacerdotal function for a laity who were their own mediators with God.
Most executives are too accustomed to being singled out and set apart to dwell on what it means to belong to an exclusionary establishment in today's climate of public countability.