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This page has 4 definitions of set forth in English. Set forth is a verb. Examples of how to use set forth in a sentence are shown. Also define these 10 related words and terms: state, describe, account, present, consideration, propose, begin, journey, expedition, and start.



set forth (third-person singular simple present sets forth, present participle setting forth, simple past and past participle set forth)

  1. (transitive) To state; describe; give an account of.
    Where any judge falls under any of the challengeable grounds set forth in section 13, the judge may state the grounds to the Court and remove himself from the case concerned.
    • 1906, James George Frazer, Adonis, Attis, Osiris, volume 2, page 240:
      At Delphi every eighth year a sacred drama or miracle-play was acted which drew crowds of spectators from all parts of Greece. It set forth the slaying of the Dragon by Apollo.
  2. (transitive) To present for consideration; to propose.
  3. (intransitive) To begin a journey or expedition.
    Columbus set forth with three small ships.
    • 1885, Edward P. Vining, quoting J. Klaproth, “Researches regarding the Country of Fu-sang, mentioned in Chinese Books, and erroneously supposed to be a Part of America”, in An Inglorious Columbus: or, Evidence that Hwui Shǎn and a Party of Buddhist Monks from Afghanistan Discovered America in the Fifth Century, A.D.[1], D. Appleton and Company, →OCLC, page 43:
      Next, the Chinese text says that they set forth from the district of Lo-lang, which is situated not in Leao-tung, but in Corea, and of which the capital is the present city of Pʽing-jang (in d’Auville’s map, Ping-yang), situated upon the northern bank of the Ta-tʽung-kiang, or Pʽai-shue, a river of the province of Pʽing-ngan, which, in great part, in the time of the dynasty of Han, formed the district of Lo-lang.
  4. (intransitive) To start.