set out to (do something)

set out to (do something)

To begin to do something with a specific intention in mind. We've set out to create the most elegant and user-friendly smartphone ever made, and by God I think we did it.
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set something out (for someone or something)

to remove something and place it so that it is available for someone or some purpose. I set a piece of cake out for you to eat whenever you get home. Liz set out some cake for Karen.
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set out (on something)

to begin a journey; to begin a project. We set out on our trip exactly as planned. We set out at noon.
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set out

(for some place) (from some place) to leave from some place on a journey for some place. We set out for home from the cabin on the very next morning. We set out from the cabin at dawn.
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set out to do something

to begin to do something; to intend to do something. Jill set out to weed the garden, but pulled up a few valuable plants in the process. I set out to repair the door, not rebuild the whole porch.
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set out

1. Begin an earnest attempt, as in He set out to prove his point, or We accomplished what we set out to do. [Late 1800s]
2. Lay out systematically, as in She set out all the reports in chronological order. [Second half of 1500s]
3. Display for exhibition or sale, as in The Japanese restaurant set out samples of all the different kinds of sushi. [c. 1300]
4. Plant, as in It was time to set out the seedlings. [Early 1800s]
5. Begin a journey, as in They set out at dawn. [Late 1500s]
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set out

v.
1. To start a journey: She set out at dawn for town.
2. To begin an earnest attempt to do something; undertake something: Four years ago, we set out to reform the government, and since then, we have accomplished much.
3. To make something explicit, especially an idea or plan: In her speech, she set out a plan for her second term in office. He set his ideas out in a detailed report.
4. To display something for exhibition or sale: The vendor set out a large display of fruit and vegetables. The children set a pumpkin out for Halloween.
5. To plant something: They set out seeds last year, and now the field is full of flowers. We should set some tulip bulbs out this fall.
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