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  1. set
    IPA[set]
  2. verb

    • 1. put, lay, or stand (something) in a specified place or position:

      Dana set the mug of tea down Catherine set a chair by the bed
    • 2. be situated or fixed in a specified place or position:

      the village was set among olive groves on a hill
      Synonym : be situated, be located, lie, stand, be sited, be perched, be found
    • 3. represent (a story, play, movie, or scene) as happening at a specified time or in a specified place:

      a spy novel set in Berlin
    • 4. mount a precious stone in (something, typically a piece of jewelry):

      a bracelet set with emeralds
    • 5. mount (a precious stone) in something:

      a huge square-cut emerald set in platinum
    • 6. arrange (type) as required:

      the compositors refused to set the type for an editorial
    • 7. arrange the type for (a piece of text):

      article headings will be set in Times fourteen point
    • 8. prepare (a table) for a meal by placing cutlery, dishes, etc., on it in their proper places:

      she set the table and began breakfast
      Synonym : lay, prepare, arrange, make ready
    • 9. provide (music) so that a written work can be produced in a musical form:

      she set his poem to music
    • 10. (of a dancer) acknowledge another dancer, typically one's partner, using the steps prescribed:

      the gentleman sets to and turns with the lady on his left hand
    • 11. cause (a hen) to sit on eggs:

      you had to set the clucking hens
    • 12. put (a seed or plant) in the ground to grow:

      I set the plants in shallow hollows to facilitate watering
    • 13. put (a sail) up in position to catch the wind:

      a safe distance from shore all sails were set
    • 14. put or bring into a specified state:

      the hostages were set free plunging oil prices set in motion an economic collapse in Houston
    • 15. cause (someone or something) to start doing something:

      the incident set me thinking
    • 16. instruct (someone) to do something:

      he'll set a man to watch you
    • 17. give someone (a task):

      the problem we have been set
    • 18. devise (a test) and give it to someone to do.

    • 19. establish as (an example) for others to follow, copy, or try to achieve:

      the scheme sets a precedent for other companies
    • 20. establish (a record):

      his time in the 25-meter freestyle set a national record
      Synonym : establish, set up, create, provide, institute
    • 21. decide on:

      they set a date for a full hearing at the end of February
      Synonym : decide on, select, choose, arrange, schedule, fix, fix on, determine, designate, name, appoint, specify, stipulate, settle, resolve on, agree on, confirm
    • 22. fix (a price, value, or limit) on something:

      the unions had set a limit on the size of the temporary workforce
    • 23. adjust (a clock or watch), typically to show the right time:

      set your watch immediately to local time at your destination to revert to an old style would be to try to set back the clock and deny the progress which had been made
    • 24. adjust (an alarm clock) to sound at the required time:

      I usually set my alarm clock for eight
      Synonym : program, activate, switch on, turn on
    • 25. adjust (a device or its controls) so that it performs a particular operation:

      you have to be careful not to set the volume too high
      Synonym : program, activate, switch on, turn on
    • 26. cause (a binary device) to enter the state representing the numeral 1.

    • 27. harden into a solid or semisolid state:

      cook for a further thirty-five minutes until the filling has set
      Synonym : solidify, harden, become solid, become hard, stiffen, thicken, gel, cake, congeal, coagulate, clot, freeze, crystallize, gelatinize
    • 28. arrange (the hair) while damp so that it dries in the required style:

      she had set her hair on small rollers
    • 29. put parts of (a broken or dislocated bone or limb) into the correct position for healing:

      he lined up the bones and set the arm
    • 30. (of a bone) be restored to its normal condition by knitting together again after being broken:

      dogs' bones soon set
    • 31. (with reference to a person's face) assume or cause to assume a fixed or rigid expression:

      her features never set into a civil parade of attention Travis's face was set as he looked up
    • 32. (of the eyes) become fixed in position or in the feeling they are expressing:

      his bright eyes set in an expression of mocking amusement
    • 33. (of a hunting dog) adopt a rigid attitude indicating the presence of game.

    • 34. (of the sun, moon, or another celestial body) appear to move toward and below the earth's horizon as the earth rotates:

      the sun was setting and a warm red glow filled the sky
      Synonym : go down, sink, decline, descend, drop, subside, dip below the horizon, vanish, disappear
    • 35. (of a tide or current) take or have a specified direction or course:

      a fair tide can be carried well past Land's End before the stream sets to the north
    • 36. start (a fire):

      the school had been broken into and the fire had been set
    • 37. (of blossom or a tree) develop into or produce (fruit):

      wait until first flowers have set fruit before planting out the peppers
    • 38. (of fruit) develop from blossom:

      once fruits have set, feed weekly with a high potash liquid tomato fertilizer
    • 39. (of a plant) produce (seed):

      the herb has flowered and started to set seed
    • 40. sit:

      a perfect lady—just set in her seat and stared
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: set, 3rd person present: sets, gerund or present participle: setting, past tense: set, past participle: set

    • noun

      a group or collection of things that belong together or resemble one another or are usually found together:

      a collection of implements, containers, or other objects customarily used together for a specific purpose:

    • adjective

      fixed or arranged in advance:

      (of a view or habit) unlikely to change:

    • verb

      put, lay, or stand (something) in a specified place or position:

      be situated or fixed in a specified place or position:

    • noun

      a group or collection of things that belong together or resemble one another or are usually found together:

      a collection of implements, containers, or other objects customarily used together:

    • verb

      group (pupils or students) in sets according to ability.
    • adjective

      fixed or arranged in advance:

      (of a view or habit) unlikely to change:

    • noun

      the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place:

      the place and time at which a play, novel, or film is represented as happening:

    • noun

      the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place:

      the place and time at which a play, novel, or film is represented as happening:

    • noun

      an item or amount that is or may be set off against another in the settlement of accounts.

      a counterbalancing debt pleaded by the defendant in an action to recover money due.

    • noun

      the policy of taking land out of production to reduce crop surpluses:

      land taken out of production to reduce crop surpluses:

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