[transitive] set something (for somebody) | set somebody (to do something) to give somebody a piece of work, a task, etc. set something Who will be setting (= writing the questions for) the French exam? set something for something What books have been set (= are to be studied) for the English course? set something for somebody/yourself She's set a difficult task for herself. set somebody/yourself something She's set herself a difficult task. set somebody/yourself to do something I've set myself to finish the job by the end of the month.