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set (one) apart (from someone)
To make someone noticeable or remarkable (in comparison to someone else). The author's brilliant wit really sets her apart from other contemporary writers today. He's an average enough kid in most ways, but his encyclopedic knowledge of insects sets him apart.
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.
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.
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]
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.