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set (one) apart (from someone)
To make one noticeable or remarkable (in comparison to someone else); to distinguish one. 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 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.
set something apart from (something else)
1. to move something so it is away from something else. Set the old ones apart from the others so we can sell them first. The stale loaves were set apart from the fresh ones.
2. to make something stand out when compared to something else. The bright green really sets this plant apart from the others. Her golden hair sets her apart from all the others.
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.