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To embark on a journey on water in a boat (not necessarily one with sails). We're about to set sail, so take care of any unfinished business in the port now or forever hold your peace! We only set sale a month ago, but it feels like we've been at sea for years now.
to begin a trip on a ship or boat Later he left California and set sail for Australia, searching for gold.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of set sail (put up the sails of a boat to use the wind to move forward)
Also, make sail. Begin a voyage on water, as in Dad rented a yacht, and we're about to set sail for the Caribbean, or We'll make sail for the nearest port. These expressions, dating from the early 1500s, originally meant "put the sails in position to catch the wind," and hence cause the vessel to move.
To begin a voyage on water.