Put somebody at ease or Set somebody at ease?

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  • stephent74

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    Chinese--Beijing
    Hi, I think this thread has not been fully discussed.

    In the WR dictionary, that meaning of set(set someone at ease) is defined by put: put, bring or place into a specified state.

    So from the definition I can hardly see a difference.

    The following sentence is also from WR dictionary: They tried to put me at ease. Can I replace put with set? Although I find it unnatural.

    And the next sentence is from Murder on the Orient Express: He was at his kindest and most genial, setting the woman at her ease. ---Can I use put instead? But to me, put sounds a little "violent"

    So what's the difference, if there is any?

    Thanks.
     
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