set about

  1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    We began working at dawn
    Let's get down to work now
    The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia
    He began early in the day
    Get working as soon as the sun rises!
    Who will start?
  2. begin to deal with
    go about a difficult problem
    approach a task
    approach a new project
  3. enter upon an activity or enterprise
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How To Use set about In A Sentence

  • So we set about assembling a team of cross-disciplinary professionals including Dr. Patricia Muehsam, on the faculty of Mount Sinai Medical School; Dr. Peter Roche de Coppens, professor of sociology, anthropology, and psychotherapy at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and the Sorbonne in Paris; Dr. Beverly Rubik, a biophysicist who had conducted scientific research in mind-body, subtle energies, and complementary medicine; Dr. J. Manifesting Michelangelo
  • We had to employ a fresh set of eyes before we set about using a different method to enhance what we had found.
  • My mother was upset about his appearance here, not least because she felt it was invading her privacy.
  • On an unseasonally nippy May Tuesday, two women, a man and a young girl wheeling a baby's buggy, set about cracking open the votes in Kinsealy.
  • The sun set about ten o'clock, and Lady Clare and Shag greeted its last departing rays with a whinny, accompanied by a wanton kickup from the rear -- for whatever Boyhood in Norway
  • That it works at all is largely down to the enthusiasm of its cast, who set about making the most of a tired and mostly cliched scenario.
  • Translating hints into statements and guessing at reservations, I would say that the French fall very short of admiration of the way in which our higher officers set about their work, they are disagreeably impressed by a general want of sedulousness and close method in our leading. War and the future: Italy, France and Britain at war
  • My best friend tells me that I am silly to be upset about this.
  • These little people, quite recovered from their fatigue, had set about gathering checkerberries, and now came clambering to meet their play-fellows.
  • Also, it stops us getting upset about doctor-bashing. The Sun
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