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The most versatile word in the English language?

An argument could be made for OK but Set has the most separate entries in the Oxford English Dictionary (463). It can be used as a concrete verb e.g. set an alarm on a clock or an abstract one Mr Smith is set to take over as Prime Minister or an abstract noun a set of problems. 


There are also large number of Phrasal verbs based on set (set out/set to/set off etc). These are particularly challenging for English language learners.

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Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Sixth Edition * Oxford Dictionary of English

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