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set

 
 
pronunciation:
set
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
set about, set in, set up, dead set against
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: set, sets, setting
definition 1: to put in a particular position or location.
She set the vase of flowers on the table by the window.
synonyms:
lay, place, posit, put
similar words:
deposit, locate, pitch, position, rest, site, situate, station, stick
definition 2: to put into a particular state.
They set the wild bird free.
synonyms:
make, put
similar words:
drive, fix, lay, place, throw
definition 3: to start or be the cause of (someone or something) becoming engaged in some action.
Reading that article set me thinking about my own retirement someday.The war set the wheels of industry turning.
definition 4: to equip or arrange so as to make ready for use.
Please set the table for lunch.
synonyms:
arrange, lay, prepare
antonyms:
clear
similar words:
adapt, array, assemble, equip, fix, furnish, order, organize, pitch, prime, spread
definition 5: to prepare (hair) for styling by using curlers, chemical preparations, and related items.
The hairdresser washes and sets my mother's hair once a week.
similar words:
curl, perm, style
definition 6: to determine; fix.
The market sets the price on these items.Her mother set a limit on her spending.
synonyms:
determine, fix, prescribe
similar words:
appoint, assign, decide, define, establish, pitch
definition 7: to appoint to perform a particular task.
She set the children to washing the dishes.
synonyms:
appoint, assign
similar words:
allocate, charge, designate, direct, entrust, name, relegate
definition 8: to establish.
The manager set a goal for the employees.
synonyms:
assign, establish, fix, found, institute
similar words:
assess, create, impose, locate, pitch, place, root, start
definition 9: to adjust for proper operation or accuracy.
The mechanic set the timing on the engine.
synonyms:
adjust, align, regulate
similar words:
adapt, arrange, calibrate, fix, right
definition 10: to put gems or the like on; stud.
The pendant was set with jewels.
synonyms:
stud
similar words:
adorn, bedeck, bejewel, embed, ornament
definition 11: to cause to be rigid or fixed in position.
He set his jaw in anger.
synonyms:
fix, rigidify, stiffen, tighten
similar words:
firm, harden, solidify, steady
definition 12: to put (a broken bone) back in place.
The doctor set two broken legs that night.
similar words:
fix, join, knit, mend
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to go below the horizon; sink.
We will arrive before the sun sets.
synonyms:
drop, sink
antonyms:
rise
similar words:
descend, dip, disappear, go down, lower
definition 2: to become hard or solid.
Keep the gelatin desserts in the refrigerator until they set completely.
synonyms:
firm, harden, solidify, stiffen
antonyms:
melt
similar words:
cement, coagulate, cohere, concrete, congeal, fix, take, thicken
definition 3: of a hen, to sit on eggs.
synonyms:
brood
similar words:
sit
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phrase: set about
phrase: set in
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a group of related objects that are used together.
a set of wrenches
 
synonyms:
kit, suite
similar words:
battery, collection, group, service, system
definition 2: a group of works, usu. by one author and sold as a unit.
synonyms:
collection
definition 3: the scenery that provides the background for a theatrical performance or movie.
synonyms:
scenery, setting
definition 4: a radio or television receiver.
synonyms:
receiver
definition 5: bearing; posture.
the set of her facial expression
synonyms:
bearing, cast, poise, port, posture
similar words:
pose
definition 6: in tennis, a series of games classed as the principal unit of a match, with the winner of most sets winning the match.
definition 7: in math, a collection of points, numbers, or objects that satisfy a given condition and thus become a class.
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: already established; fixed.
We meet at a set time every day.We have a set procedure for handling this kind of problem."How do you do?" is a set expression.
synonyms:
definite, fixed, prearranged
antonyms:
changing, fresh, original, unspecified, variable
similar words:
arranged, rigid, settled, specified
definition 2: of a person, rigid; unchanging.
She is set in her ideas.He is set in his ways.
synonyms:
firm, immovable, iron, obdurate, rigid, steadfast, unyielding
antonyms:
changeable, flexible, varying
similar words:
fixed, hardened, inflexible, narrow, obstinate, stubborn
definition 3: prepared; ready.
Are you all set to leave?
synonyms:
prepared, ready
antonyms:
unprepared
similar words:
armed, game, prepped, primed, ripe
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phrase: set up
phrase: dead set against
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