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set (something) down

1. To record or make note of. I'd like everyone to set down a few ideas for the next project before tomorrow's meeting. He set down some broad ideas for the story.
2. Of an aircraft, to land. They were forced to set the plane down in the river after one of the engines failed. I'm just looking for a good place to set the hot-air balloon down.
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set someone or something down

 and put someone or something down
to lower or set down someone or something. (See also set something down; put someone or something down.) Put me down! Please set that vase down. It cost a fortune. Put down that gun!
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set someone down (on something)

 and set someone down (onto something)
to place a person one is carrying or lifting onto something. I set the small boy down onto the desk and gave him a piece of candy. Set the baby down and come over here.
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set something down

 and put something down 
1. to place something on the surface of something. Andy set the hot skillet down on the dishcloth and burned a hole in it. He set down the skillet here and burned the counter.
2. to write something on paper. Let me put this down on paper so we will have a record of what was said. I will set down this note on paper.
3. to land an aircraft. The pilot put the plane down exactly on time. I can't set down this plane in the fog.
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set down

1. Place in a lower position, as in Set the baby down here, or Set the bags down on the hall table. [Late 1400s]
2. Put in writing, record, as in Just set down all the facts as you remember them. [Second half of 1500s]
3. Regard, consider, as in Just set him down as a fool. [Late 1700s]
4. Assign to a cause, ascribe, as in Let's set down his error to inexperience. [Early 1800s]
5. Land an aircraft, as in The pilot set the plane down hard on the runway. Also see put down.
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set down

v.
1. To put something on the surface of something: They set the boxes down on the floor. I set down my book and closed my eyes.
2. To put something in writing; record something: I set down some ideas for a novel. The committee set their findings down in a report.
3. To land some aircraft: The pilot set the plane down hard. She found a clearing and set down the helicopter.
4. To land: The plane set down at a small airport outside the city.
5. Baseball To put out some batter; retire someone. Used of a pitcher: The pitcher set down the first two hitters. The hitter stepped up to the plate, and the pitcher set him down with a fastball.
6. set down as To regard someone as something: They set her down as a liar and never trusted her again.
7. set down to To attribute some event to some cause: Let's set the error down to inexperience.
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