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1. To present or offer some information or explanation to be considered. The hijackers set forth their list of demands from police. His essay sets forth a unique interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
2. To begin traveling; to start a journey. We're setting forth for South America tomorrow to begin our study of the Amazon rainforest. Sleep well—we set forth at daybreak.
set something forth
to explain something; to present some information. She set her ideas forth in an organized and interesting manner. Please set forth your thoughts quickly and concisely.
1. Also, put forth. Start a journey, as in We plan to set forth at daybreak, or They put forth for France tomorrow. [c. 1400]
2. Present for consideration; also, express in words, as in She set forth a very sensible plan, or We need to set forth our ideas clearly. [Early 1500s]
3. See put forth, def. 3.
set forthor set forward
1. To present something for consideration; propose something: In this essay, the author sets forth her philosophy of film. The committee revised the proposal and set it forth for consideration.
2. To begin a journey: The scientist set forth into the volcano crater to gather a lava sample.