set meaning

[ set ] Pronunciation:   "set" in a sentence
Verb: set (set,setting)  set
  1. Put into a certain place or abstract location
    "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"
Noun: set  set
  1. A group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
    "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth" 
  2. (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
    "the set of prime numbers is infinite" 
  3. Several exercises intended to be done in series
    "he did four sets of the incline bench press"
    - exercise set 
  4. Representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
    "the sets were meticulously authentic"
    - stage set 
  5. An unofficial association of people or groups
    "the smart set goes there"
    - circle, band, lot 
  6. A relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
    "the set of his mind was obvious"
    - bent 
  7. The act of putting something in position
    "he gave a final set to his hat" 
  8. A unit of play in tennis or squash
    "they played two sets of tennis after dinner" 
  9. The process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
    "he tested the set of the glue"
    - hardening, solidifying, solidification, curing 
  10. The descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
    "before the set of sun" 
  11. (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
    "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution"; "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"
    - readiness 
  12. Any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
    "the early sets ran on storage batteries" 
  13. A badger's burrow
    - sett
Adjective: set  set
  1. (usually followed by 'to' or 'for') on the point of or strongly disposed
    "we are set to go at any time"
    - fit, primed 
  2. Fixed and unmoving
    "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; "his bearded face already has a set hollow look"
    - fixed, rigid 
  3. Situated in a particular spot or position
    "a house set on a hilltop"
    - located, placed, situated 
  4. Set down according to a plan
    "a carefully laid table with places set for four people"
    - laid 
  5. Being below the horizon
    "the moon is set" 
  6. Determined or decided upon as by an authority
    "the time set for the launching"
    - determined, dictated 
  7. Converted to solid form (as concrete)
    - hardened
Noun: Set  set
  1. Evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
    - Seth

Sounds like: sett

Derived forms: set, setting, sets

See also: arranged, down, hard, nonmoving, ordered, ready, set ahead, set apart, set aside, set back, set down, set off, set out, set up, setting, settled, unmoving

Type of: abstract entity, abstraction, accumulation, action, activity, aggregation, alter, approximate, arrange, assail, assault, assemblage, attack, bury, change, choose, cognitive state, collection, come down, compose, descend, descent, displace, disposition, Egyptian deity, electronic equipment, emplacement, equip, establish, estimate, exercise, exercising, fall, fit, fit out, gauge, go down, groom, guess, hone, impress, inclination, initiate, judge, lay down, locating, location, make, modify, move, multiply, natural action, natural process, neaten, originate, outfit, period of play, physical exercise, physical exertion, pick out, placement, play, playing period, position, positioning, present, print, procreate, represent, representation, reproduce, select, set on, set up, sink, social group, solidify, stage, start, state of mind, take, tendency, workout, write

Antonym: rise

Part of: communication equipment, communication system, mise en scène, plastination, setting, stage setting

Encyclopedia: Set

[American slang]
n. a party.
• Your set was a totally major bash!
• Let's throw a set tonight and invite some chicks.


The condition reached by a cement paste, mortar, or concrete when it has lost plasticity to an arbitrary degree; usually measured in terms of resistance to penetration or deformation; initial set refers to first stiffening, final set to attainment of significant rigidity.


The hydration and hardening of a gypsum plaster.


To convert a liquid resin or an adhesive to a hardened state by chemical or physical action such as condensation, polymerization, oxidation, vulcanization, gelation, hydration, or the evaporation of volatile constituents.


See saw set.


In plastering, to apply a finishing coat.


To drive a nail below the surface of the wood (with the use of a nail set).


The strain remaining after complete release of the load producing a deformation.


Collectively, the pieces of scenery that make up a theatrical scene.


To coat the back surface of a tile so that it will adhere to the surface to which it is applied.

verb, noun, adjective

verb [+ obj] (setting, set, set)


to arrange or fix sth; to decide on sth:

Shall we set a date for the meeting?

We must be careful not to set the price too high.



to fix sth so that others copy it or try to achieve it:

Their latest computer sets the standard for others to follow.

They set a record for one-day sales last Friday.


to give sb a piece of work, a task, etc:

We set ourselves targets each month.

I've set myself to finish the job by the end of the month.

NOTE Idioms containing set are at the entries for the nouns or adjectives in the idioms, for example set up shop is at shop.


set sth against sth; set sth off against sth (Accounting )

to use one cost or payment, or one group of costs or payments, in order to cancel or reduce the effect of another:

to set capital costs off against tax

Costs for improvements to the property can be set off against tax.


set sth aside


to save or keep money or time for a particular purpose:

Each month we set a certain amount aside for emergencies.

2 (Law )

to state that a decision made by a court is not legally valid:

The judge set aside the decision of the earlier hearing.

set sth/sb back

to delay the progress of sth/sb by a particular time:

The delay in the shipment has set production back by two weeks.


set sb back sth (not used in the form be set back)

to cost sb a particular amount of money:

The repairs could set us back over €200 000.

set sth down

to give sth as a rule, principle, etc:

Building regulations are set down by the government.

set sth off


to start a process or series of events:

The incident set off a series of protests throughout the industry.

Panic on the stock market set off a wave of selling.


to make an alarm start ringing:

The fumes set off the smoke alarm.

set sth off against sth (Finance )


set sth out

to present ideas, facts, etc. in an organized way, in speech or writing:

He set out his objections to the plan.

set sb up (Finance )

to provide sb with the money that they need in order to do sth:

A bank loan helped to set him up in business.

set sth up


to make a piece of equipment or a machine ready for use:

It will take a month to set up the factory ready for production.



to arrange for sth to happen:

We'll set up a meeting to discuss the issue.

SET-UP See note at ARRANGE


to create or start a company, a business or an organization:

She left the company to set up her own business.

Trade associations have been set up to promote trade. See note at FOUND


to start a process or a series of events:

The slump on Wall Street set up a chain reaction in stock markets around the world.

set (yourself) up (as sth)

to start a new business:

He left the company and set himself up as a consultant.

She took out a bank loan and set up in business on her own.

setting-up costs for small businesses

SET-UP See note at FOUND

noun [C]


a group of similar things that belong together in some way:

a set of accounts/keys

There are a whole set of factors behind the decision.


1 [usually before noun]

planned or fixed:

Tasks are performed in a set order.

Shipping costs are included in the set price.


(used especially in newspapers) likely to do sth; ready for sth or to do sth:

Interest rates look set to rise again.

1. A piece of equipment or a system (e.g., radio set).
2. In a flip-flop circuit, an input that is not controlled by the clock.
3. To adjust a circuit or device, such as a flip-flop, to a desired operating point or condition.
4. A class of numbers, things, or events.
5. In computer programming, to initialize a variable (i.e., to assign a label to a location).
  • be set on:    set upon/on sb us ...
  • set by:    1. To lay up2. To ...
  • set in:    Verb: set inEnter ...


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  1. we have also tried to set an example for others.
  2. he moved to leeds and set up as a printer.
  3. barbicane was the first to set foot on dock.
  4. they set up a bronze statue to his memory.
  5. light sets the speed limit for nature.

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