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 for To set about
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Set \Set\ (s[e^]t), v. i.
     1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink
        out of sight; to come to an end.
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              Ere the weary sun set in the west.    --Shak.
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              Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the
              next is likely to arise with more mourning.
                                                    --Fuller.
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     2. To fit music to words. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. To place plants or shoots in the ground; to plant. "To sow
        dry, and set wet." --Old Proverb.
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     4. To be fixed for growth; to strike root; to begin to
        germinate or form; as, cuttings set well; the fruit has
        set well (i. e., not blasted in the blossom).
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     5. To become fixed or rigid; to be fastened.
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              A gathering and serring of the spirits together to
              resist, maketh the teeth to set hard one against
              another.                              --Bacon.
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     6. To congeal; to concrete; to solidify; -- of cements,
        glues, gels, concrete, substances polymerizing into
        plastics, etc.
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              That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set.
                                                    --Boyle.
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     7. To have a certain direction in motion; to flow; to move
        on; to tend; as, the current sets to the north; the tide
        sets to the windward.
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     8. To begin to move; to go out or forth; to start; -- now
        followed by out.
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              The king is set from London.          --Shak.
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     9. To indicate the position of game; -- said of a dog; as,
        the dog sets well; also, to hunt game by the aid of a
        setter.
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     10. To apply one's self; to undertake earnestly; -- now
         followed by out.
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               If he sets industriously and sincerely to perform
               the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of
               doubting but it shall prove successful to him.
                                                    --Hammond.
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     11. To fit or suit one; to sit; as, the coat sets well.
  
     Note: [Colloquially used, but improperly, for sit.]
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     Note: The use of the verb set for sit in such expressions as,
           the hen is setting on thirteen eggs; a setting hen,
           etc., although colloquially common, and sometimes
           tolerated in serious writing, is not to be approved.
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     To set about, to commence; to begin.
  
     To set forward, to move or march; to begin to march; to
        advance.
  
     To set forth, to begin a journey.
  
     To set in.
         (a) To begin; to enter upon a particular state; as,
             winter set in early.
         (b) To settle one's self; to become established. "When
             the weather was set in to be very bad." --Addison.
         (c) To flow toward the shore; -- said of the tide.
  
     To set off.
         (a) To enter upon a journey; to start.
         (b) (Typog.) To deface or soil the next sheet; -- said of
             the ink on a freshly printed sheet, when another
             sheet comes in contact with it before it has had time
             to dry.
  
     To set on or To set upon.
         (a) To begin, as a journey or enterprise; to set about.
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                   He that would seriously set upon the search of
                   truth.                           --Locke.
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         (b) To assault; to make an attack. --Bacon.
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                   Cassio hath here been set on in the dark.
                                                    --Shak.
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     To set out, to begin a journey or course; as, to set out
        for London, or from London; to set out in business;to set
        out in life or the world.
  
     To set to, to apply one's self to.
  
     To set up.
         (a) To begin business or a scheme of life; as, to set up
             in trade; to set up for one's self.
         (b) To profess openly; to make pretensions.
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                   Those men who set up for mortality without
                   regard to religion, are generally but virtuous
                   in part.                         --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  About \A*bout"\, adv.
     1. On all sides; around.
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              'Tis time to look about.              --Shak.
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     2. In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the
        outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.
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     3. Here and there; around; in one place and another.
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              Wandering about from house to house.  --1 Tim. v.
                                                    13.
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     4. Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in
        quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as
        high; -- also of quantity, number, time. "There fell . . .
        about three thousand men." --Exod. xxii. 28.
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     5. To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite
        direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to
        turn one's self about.
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     To bring about, to cause to take place; to accomplish.
  
     To come about, to occur; to take place. See under Come.
        
  
     To go about, To set about, to undertake; to arrange; to
        prepare. "Shall we set about some revels?" --Shak.
  
     Round about, in every direction around.
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