Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb set_about

3 senses of set about

Sense 1
set about, go about, approach -- (begin to deal with; "approach a task"; "go about a difficult problem"; "approach a new project")
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Sense 2
undertake, set about, attempt -- (enter upon an activity or enterprise)
       => initiate, pioneer -- (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants")

Sense 3
get down, begin, get, start out, start, set about, set out, commence -- (take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now")

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