The Level Up English Podcast - Phrasal Verbs with Set Episode 272

'Set' Phrasal Verbs

I’m back with another episode in the series on phrasal verbs. Today, we’re looking at around 9 phrasal verbs that include the verb ‘set’.

It’s a really common one to use and the meanings can get confusing, so I’m going to go through each one and explain the meaning, but also follow up with a story related to my life to give some context to help explain the phrasal verb.

9 Phrasal Verbs with 'Set'

Watch the full episode above to see how I use these phrasal verbs.

Phrasal Verb  Meaning  Example Sentence
Set about start to do something “I set about recording a podcast.” 
Set apart be different or distinct from the rest “My awkwardness sets me apart from others.
Set aside  keep for a specific reason “It’s important to set aside money for emergencies.”
Set back  delay “The rain set back my podcast plans.”
Set in  create an effect and continue “Rainy season has finally set in.
Set off  begin a journey “I set off for work at 6:30am”
Set off  trigger or cause something to happen “Burning the toast set off the smoke alarm.”
Set out aim or intend to do something “I set out to discover why he stole it.
Set up  prepare or get ready “I set up my microphone and laptop to record a podcast.”

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