set (something) apart (for something)

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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

v.
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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References in classic literature ?
The pleasantest room in the house was set apart for Beth, and in it was gathered everything that she most loved, flowers, pictures, her piano, the little worktable, and the beloved pussies.
Hence there have been, in all ages and nations, certain places set apart for public rendezvous, where the curious might meet and satisfy their mutual curiosity.
It was my disaster first to be set apart for, and then to be set apart from the honor of that sacred employ.
To the Chinese such commonplace things as marriage, friendship, and home have an infinitely deeper meaning than can be attached to them by civilisation which practically lives abroad, in the hotels and restaurants and open houses of others, where there is no sanctity of the life within, no shrine set apart for the hidden family re-union, and the cult of the ancestral spirit.
I understand not your allusions about lines and angles; and I leave expounding to those who have been called and set apart for that holy office.
Meanwhile, in the broad and lofty chamber set apart for occasions of import, the Abbot himself was pacing impatiently backwards and forwards, with his long white nervous hands clasped in front of him.
With a bow to the Abbot, which had in it perhaps more pleasantry than reverence, the novice strode across to the carved prie-dieu which had been set apart for him, and stood silent and erect with his hand upon the gold bell which was used in the private orisons of the Abbot's own household.
Here we anchored, and one of the merchants, who had been very friendly to me on the way, took me ashore with him and showed me a lodging set apart for strange merchants.
Besides, Captain Farragut had spoken of a certain sum of two thousand dollars, set apart for whoever should first sight the monster, were he cabin-boy, common seaman, or officer.
A room in the house in Saville Row was set apart for Aouda, who was overwhelmed with grief at her protector's misfortune.
A counter is set apart for disabled people and older citizens.
2 : to set apart for a certain purpose or use <The school appropriated funds for new books.
No person shall play ball or any game of sport with a ball or football or throw, cast, shoot or discharge any stone, pellet, bullet, arrow or any other missile, in, over, across, along or upon any street or sidewalk or in any public park, except on those portions of said park set apart for such purposes,'' section 56.
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.