set store by

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

  1. To believe that something is very necessary or important.
    We live in a society that sets great store by science and technology.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • set great store by - is probably the most common form.
  • There are many variations on set store by, using various head verbs such as put, keep, etc. and final preposition by, in, on. Often inserting great, or much before store.
I put great store in his natural abilities.