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set about

Meaning: to begin doing something that will probably take a lot of effort or a long time

Synonym: begin, start

For example:

  • set about sth Before he set about the task of finding a new job, Trevor bought a new suit and had a haircut.

  • set about doing sth Next year we'll set about finding new markets overseas for our products.

Quick Quiz:

Helen has set about the daunting challenge of learning Japanese because she
  1. doesn't have enough time
  2. isn't good at languages
  3. loves Japanese literature

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