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set (something) down

1. To record or make note of something. 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. To land an aircraft. 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

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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This is telling us that if you set something down on the moon, it's going to stay pretty clean," Gaier says.
Now, to set something down in the midst of folly, one true word, one simple cry out of the black arroyos and dangerous washes, the canyons, the granite redoubts, but the lone sob of the desert hen is not enough, the television's mangled voices creeping through the drywall and stucco are not enough, and I am running out of time and money, always time and money.
Because set has only one form for the present tense, past tense, and past participle, be sure to use it with the meaning "to set something down.
Most people, when they are about to embark on something in which the end is uncertain, they tend to want to set something down, if only for future generations to understand why people like me would willingly forfeit their ease just to be thrown back into an uncertain situation.