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. When making our distinct organic yogurt, we always set apart some of the live bacterial cultures to be used in the next batch. He plans to set some of the profits apart for investment in a new company.
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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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As fashion becomes faster and faster, this kind of handiwork can really set something apart and give it a different life.