since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Phrasal Verbs

set about

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. doesn't have enough time

b. isn't good at languages

c. loves Japanese literature

Phrasal verbs grammar

1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context ebook

Phrasal Verb of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey