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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.
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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

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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Reproduction is not set apart in the manner in which contemporary society views it.
HOW ANCIENT IT IS, THE HOLY DAY, THE DAY SET APART, the Day of Contemplation, taken out of the line of its peers by human tribes for aeons longer than we know
It is set apart from standard lathes by its balanced weight distribution and oil-bathed X-axis ballscrews.
451-2(a), income is constructively received in the taxable year it is credited to a taxpayer's account, set apart or otherwise made available so the taxpayer may draw on it at any time.
One court considered whether the disclaimer was typeset differently, in a different color print or set apart from the body of the handbook.
These inviting reading nooks, set apart from mainstream activities, provide enclosure without confinement.
Moses, at the command of God, set apart three cities on the east of Jordan, and Joshua added three others on the west, whither any person who had killed someone inadvertently might flee for refuge.
Performance, usability, and expanded specification compliance are the key differentiators that set apart the enhanced versions of Trillium SIP and Diameter.
The company installed pavers that are set apart from one another to allow storm water to percolate down between the brick to the gravel beneath it, dissipating by itself rather than entering the city's storm drain system.
One of the local students, Clyde, is a quiet loner nicknamed "The Mummy" because he is so morbidly set apart.
Perhaps, then, Gagne's streak should be set apart, not necessarily equal to those other achievements but not necessarily subordinate to them, either.
But the triennial is set apart from these far larger shows by its uncommon conceptual and aesthetic coherence (enhanced by the superb exhibition design by Julie Ault and Martin Beck).
Naipaul, as an "East Indian-West Indian," gets set apart as a cosmopolitan, a view perhaps encouraged by Naipaul himself.
The Catholic Dictionary defines a sacramental as "any object set apart and blessed by the church to excite good thoughts and increase devotion.
If the priest is not clearly set apart, the Holy Father said, then he will not provide the service which the Church requires: "he will end in a self-absorbed and sterile remoteness which is alien to an authentic shepherd.