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Definition of '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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: stage set
  5. an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
       Synonyms: circle band lot
  6. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
       Synonyms: 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; "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue"
       Synonyms: hardening solidifying solidification curing
  10. evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
       Synonyms: Seth
  11. the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon; "before the set of sun"
  12. (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"
       Synonyms: readiness
  13. any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals; "the early sets ran on storage batteries"


  1. put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
       Synonyms: put place pose position lay
  2. fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules"
       Synonyms: determine
  3. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
       Synonyms: specify determine fix limit
  4. establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record"
       Synonyms: mark
  5. put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state; "set the house afire"
  6. fix in a border; "The goldsmith set the diamond"
  7. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
       Synonyms: fix prepare set up ready gear up
  8. set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly; "set clocks or instruments"
  9. locate; "The film is set in Africa"
       Synonyms: localize localise place
  10. disappear beyond the horizon; "the sun sets early these days"
       Synonyms: go down go under
       Antonyms: rise come up uprise ascend
  11. adapt for performance in a different way; "set this poem to music"
       Synonyms: arrange
  12. put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground; "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
       Synonyms: plant
  13. apply or start; "set fire to a building"
  14. become gelatinous; "the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme"
       Synonyms: jell congeal
  15. set in type; "My book will be typeset nicely"; "set these words in italics"
       Synonyms: typeset
  16. put into a position that will restore a normal state; "set a broken bone"
  17. insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
       Synonyms: countersink
  18. give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
  19. urge a dog to attack someone
       Synonyms: sic
  20. estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
       Synonyms: place put
  21. equip with sails or masts; "rig a ship"
       Synonyms: rig set up
  22. get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the surgery"
       Synonyms: set up lay out
  23. alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
       Synonyms: adjust correct
  24. bear fruit; "the apple trees fructify"
       Synonyms: fructify
  25. arrange attractively; "dress my hair for the wedding"
       Synonyms: dress arrange do coif coiffe coiffure


  1. (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed; "in no fit state to continue"; "fit to drop"; "laughing fit to burst"; "she was fit to scream"; "primed for a fight"; "we are set to go at any time"
       Synonyms: fit primed
  2. fixed and unmoving; "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; "his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien; "a face rigid with pain"
       Synonyms: fixed rigid
  3. situated in a particular spot or position; "valuable centrally located urban land"; "strategically placed artillery"; "a house set on a hilltop"; "nicely situated on a quiet riverbank"
       Synonyms: located placed situated
  4. set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"; "stones laid in a pattern"
       Synonyms: laid
  5. being below the horizon; "the moon is set"
  6. determined or decided upon as by an authority; "date and place are already determined"; "the dictated terms of surrender"; "the time set for the launching"
       Synonyms: determined dictated
  7. converted to solid form (as concrete)
       Synonyms: hardened

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