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To arrange or place something in a certain spot or position
“You can set your coat on the rack by the doorway.”
To lay in surrounding matter
“The urban artist would set metal bars and plates into concrete as part of his latest sculpture.”
To decide on and announce
“The first thing we need to do is to set a date for the wedding.”
Harden into a solid or semi-solid state
“Once you set any form of confectionery with gelatine, it will no longer be worthy of being called a cake.”
(of the sun) To dip below the horizon
“Her eyes were focused on the horizon where the sun was due to set at any minute.”
To harmonize in regard to time
“We would set our watches and agree to meet at exactly four o'clock.”
To ornament, usually through the placement or embedding of jewelry
“She commissioned a horologist to create a custom gold watch, and to set it with diamonds.”
To put into order or make ready
“We need to set the table before our guests arrive.”
To allot or assign something (as a task)
“Don't set yourself an impossible task that's doomed to fail.”
To concentrate one's attention or effort
“You can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it.”
To position or align towards a given direction
“I set the camera towards the coast and hoped for a stunning display.”
To be situated or fixed in a specified place or position
“Tomorrow they will head to Gruyere, a village set among rolling mountains.”
To arrange or establish
“Kobayashi set a new record in 2001 when he ate 50 hot dogs in 21 minutes.”
To enter a program or instructions into a (usually electronic or digital) device
“Hey Siri, please set the alarm clock for six o'clock in the morning.”
(set off) To start or incite
“Jessie's outrageous hoax would almost set off a riot.”
A collection of props used for a particular scene in a play or film
“The performance looks different each time as mist, rain and moonlight naturally alter the set of the stage.”
A group of people with common interests or occupations or of similar social status
“However grand the chandeliers and oil paintings, life in their social set seems far from Gosford Park.”
A group of people acting together within a larger group
“The younger set is likely to find the long-winded sermons a tad boring.”
A group or collection of things that belong together or that are related in some way
“Jefe was excited to tell El Guapo about the large set of pinatas in the storeroom, each of them filled with little surprises.”
A unit into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
“The anatomy for this set of animals has evolved to be optimized for the digestion of plants.”
A collection of implements or objects customarily used together
“Be careful with the luggage as it contains my expensive golf set.”
A group of pupils or students who are taught together
“He was placed into a set of pupils who were more advanced in their learning than their peers.”
The posture of a part of the body, typically reflecting a person's feelings or intentions
“The set of his upper torso suggested he was in no mood for condescension.”
A fixed look or determined expression
“The set of her face suggested there was some other wreckage in her that Michelle did not yet recognise.”
A container containing a collection of the same item
“I just purchased a new set of cutlery.”
A set of dishes or utensils
“She brought out her prized silver tea set.”
Fixed or arranged in advance
“Would it be possible to engage your service at a set fee per month?”
Not able to be changed
“She has set ideas about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.”
Of a particular or exact sort
“I always tell students that there are no set rules for writing and they can write whatever they like.”
Ready, prepared, or likely to do something
“We had finally finished packing and were set for our trip.”
Conforming to the standard variety
“The best man's speech was based on a set wedding speech template and felt thoroughly insincere.”
Firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge
“That boulder is really set in the riverbank.”
(set on) Fully committed to an idea or goal
“From a young age, his heart was set on becoming a professional athlete.”
(of material for study) Prescribed as part of a course
“He become increasingly disillusioned with merely being required to regurgitate the set syllabus in his exams.”
(set against) Firmly opposed to
“I never touched a cigarette because my father was so set against smoking.”
Hardened in texture
“Once the jelly was set, the two moulds were turned back up the right way and set on a serving dish.”
Done with full awareness of what one is doing
“It was not my set purpose to offend anyone with my choice of lifestyle.”
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