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Synonyms and Antonyms of set

  1. 1 being in a state of fitness for some experience or action <we're all set to go> Synonyms fit, go, prepared, readyRelated Words conditioned, primed, ripe; armed, braced, fortified, steeled; qualified, trainedNear Antonyms unqualified, untrainedAntonyms flat-footed, half-baked, half-cocked, underprepared, unprepared, unready

  2. 2 firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge <that rock is really set in the hillside> Synonyms fast, firm, frozen, jammed, lodged, tight, snug, stuck, wedgedRelated Words bonded, cemented, glued; anchored, clamped; embedded (also imbedded), entrenched (also intrenched), impacted, implanted; attached, bound, fastened, secured; immovable, unyieldingNear Antonyms detached, dislodged, freed, loosened, unattached, unbound, undone, unfastened, unsecured; movable (or moveable), yieldingAntonyms insecure, loose

  3. 3 fully committed to achieving a goal <set on being the first in her family to graduate from college> Synonyms bent (on or upon), bound, decisive, do-or-die, firm, hell-bent (on or upon), intent, out, purposeful, resolute, resolved, determined, single-mindedRelated Words bitter, vehement; certain, cocksure, confident, positive, sure; earnest, serious; steady, unfaltering, unhesitating, unswerving, unwavering; adamant, adamantine, dogged, hard, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, tenacious, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful)Near Antonyms distrustful, doubtful, dubious, mistrustful, skeptical, suspicious, uncertain, unconvinced, undecided, unsettled, unsure; disinclined, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctantAntonyms faltering, hesitant, indecisive, irresolute, undetermined, unresolved, vacillating, wavering, weak-kneed

  4. 4 having been established and usually not subject to change <the library is only open during set hours> Synonyms certain, determinate, final, firm, flat, frozen, hard, hard-and-fast, inexpugnable, fixed, settled, stableRelated Words nonadjustable, noncancelable, nonnegotiable, unchangeable; constant, steady, unchanging, uniform, unwavering; definite, exact, explicit, specific; given, stated, stipulated; dependable, good, reliable, responsible, safe, solid, sure, tried, tried-and-true, true, trustworthy, trustyNear Antonyms adjustable, changeable, negotiable; indefinite, open-ended, unspecified; capricious, changeful, flickery, fluctuating, fluid, inconstant, mercurial, mutable, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile

  5. 5 of a particular or exact sort <international law has set rules for the treatment of prisoners of war> Synonyms concrete, distinct, especial, peculiar, precise, express, special, specificRelated Words lone, only, separate, single, sole, solitary; distinctive, exclusive, individual, unique; limited, restricted; differentiated, specialized; given, specifiedNear Antonyms general, generalized, generic, nonexclusive, universalAntonyms nonspecific

  6. 6 made, given, or done with full awareness of what one is doing <it was not my set purpose to cause trouble for anyone> Synonyms conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, intentional, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), wittingRelated Words designed, planned; conscious; advised, calculated, considered, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, weighed; premeditated, premeditative, prepense; discretionary, elective, optional, volunteerNear Antonyms inadvertent, unwitting; accidental, chance, haphazard, hit-or-miss, incidental, random; aimless, desultory, purposeless; abrupt, impetuous, sudden; coerced, forced, involuntary; compulsory, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required; casual; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unforced, unpremeditatedAntonyms nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional



Synonyms and Antonyms of set

  1. 1 a group of people acting together within a larger group <the younger set is less likely to volunteer for the church's annual rummage sale> Synonyms bloc, block, body, coalition, party, sect, faction, side, wingRelated Words splinter, split; crew, gang, pack, team; denomination, persuasion; schism, scission; caucus, movement

  2. 2 a group of people sharing a common interest and relating together socially <they rarely associate with anyone outside their social set> Synonyms body, bunch, circle, clan, clique, community, coterie, coven, crowd, fold, galère, klatch (also klatsch), lot, network, pack, ring, gangRelated Words charmed circle, elite, in-group; closed shop; club, college, fellowship, guild (also gild), league, organization, society; camp, faction, sect, side, tribe; mess, squad; brotherhood, fraternity, order, sisterhood, sodality, sorority; commune; alliance, bloc, coalition, confederation, congress, council, federation, unionNear Antonyms loner; individualist

  3. 3 a number of things considered as a unit <a set of tools> Synonyms array, assemblage, band, bank, batch, battery, block, bunch, clot, clump, cluster, clutch, collection, constellation, grouping, huddle, knot, lot, muster, package, parcel, passel, group, suiteRelated Words accumulation, aggregate, aggregation, conglomeration; agglomeration, assortment, hodgepodge, jumble, miscellany, mixture, odds and ends, sundries, variety; cycle, run, series, suitNear Antonyms entity, item, single, unit

  4. 4 one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic <the next set of job applicants had far more education and practical experience> Synonyms bracket, category, classification, division, family, genus, grade, group, kind, league, order, rank(s), rubric, class, species, tier, typeRelated Words description, feather, ilk, kidney, like, manner, nature, sort; branch, section, speciality, specialty, subclass, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, variety; breed, race; generation; heading, label, title

  5. 5 the array of painted backgrounds and furnishings used to establish the setting in a stage production <built sets for the play> Synonyms decor (or décor), mise-en-scène, scene, sceneryRelated Words backdrop, drop; background; set piece; prop, property



Synonyms and Antonyms of set

  1. 1 to cover and warm eggs as the young inside develop <the hen set for days> Synonyms brood, hatch, incubate, sit Related Words lay, spawn

  2. 2 to decide upon (the time or date for an event) usually from a position of authority <set a date for the wedding> Synonyms designate, fix, name, appointRelated Words adopt, assign, choose, determine, establish, opt (for), pick, pin (down), prefer, select, settle, single (out), specify; arrange, coordinate, orchestrate; advertise, announce, declare, publish

  3. 3 to make an approximate or tentative judgment regarding <fire losses were set at a million dollars> Synonyms appraise, assess, evaluate, guesstimate, rate, estimate, valuate, valueRelated Words adjudge, deem, judge; ascertain, determine, discover, learn; price, prize; decide, settle; analyze, assay, survey, test; reappraise, reassess, reevaluate, rejudge, revalue; transvaluate, transvalue; misesteem, misjudge, misprize, underestimate, undervalue

  4. 4 chiefly dialect  to rest on the buttocks or haunches <come over and set for a spell> Synonyms sit [chiefly dialect]Related Words perch; lounge, slouch, sprawl, squat, straddleNear Antonyms arise, get up, rise, stand

  5. 5 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal <determined to see the West, she set her car towards the sun and drove off> Synonyms bend, cast, direct, head, hold, level, pinpoint, aim, trainRelated Words sight; bear, face; concentrate, focus; incline, orient, steerNear Antonyms avert, curve, deflect, detour, divert, rechannel, shunt, sidetrack

  6. 6 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of <finally set some plans for the luncheon> Synonyms agree (on), decide, fix, arrange, settleRelated Words contract, pledge, promise; blueprint, calculate, chart, concert, design, draft, frame, hammer out, intrigue, lay out, maneuver, map (out), plan, program (also programme), schematize, scheme, shape, square away, work out; choose, conclude, determine, figure, opt, resolve; affirm, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, OK (or okay), sanction, warrant; close, complete, end, finalize, finish, round (off or out), wind up, wrap up; bargain, chaffer, deal, dicker, haggle, horse-trade, negotiateNear Antonyms abort, call, call off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, revoke; differ (over), disagree (with); counter, debate, object, oppose, protest, resist; contest, dispute

  7. 7 to put securely in place or in a desired position <had the jeweler set the diamond again> Synonyms anchor, catch, clamp, fix, hitch, moor, secure, fastenRelated Words embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, stuff, wedgeNear Antonyms extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, yankAntonyms loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

  8. 8 to turn from a liquid into a substance resembling jelly <the gelatin is just starting to set now> Synonyms clot, congeal, gel, gelate, gelatinize, jell, jelly, coagulateRelated Words cake, concrete, firm (up), fix, freeze, harden, indurate, solidify, stiffen; condense, thicken; clump, curd, curdle, gum, lump (up)Near Antonyms deliquesce, flux, fuse, liquefy (also liquify), melt, thaw

  9. 9 to arrange something in a certain spot or position <set a book on the table> Synonyms depose, deposit, dispose, emplace, fix, lay, position, put, place, set up, situate, stickRelated Words move, rearrange, reorder, shift; orient; establish, locate, plant, settle; clap, flop, plank, plop, plump, plunk (or plonk), plunk down, slap; ensconce, niche; assemble, collect; carry; berth, park; affix, anchor, lock, lodge, wedge; array, lay out, line up, queue, rank; set downNear Antonyms relocate, remove, take; banish; dislodge, displace, replace, supersede, supplant

  10. 10 to become physically firm or solid <the concrete must set completely before anyone can walk on it> Synonyms concrete, congeal, firm (up), freeze, indurate, harden, solidifyRelated Words cake, callus, encrust (also incrust); clot, coagulate, gel, gelate, gelatinize, jell, jelly, stiffen, thicken; calcify, crystallize (also crystalize), ossify, petrify, rigidify; anneal, case-harden, temperNear Antonyms deliquesce, dissolve, flux, fuse, melt, smelt, thaw, unfreezeAntonyms liquefy (also liquify), soften

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