\ ˈset-ˈin How to pronounce set-in (audio) \

Definition of set-in

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : placed, located, or built as a part of some other construction a set-in bookcase a set-in washbasin
2 : cut separately and stitched in set-in sleeves


\ ˈset-ˌin How to pronounce set-in (audio) \

Definition of set-in (Entry 2 of 3)

: insert

set in

set in; setting in; sets in

Definition of set in (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: insert especially : to stitch (a small part) within a large article set in a sleeve of a dress

intransitive verb

: to become established

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Synonyms & Antonyms for set-in

Synonyms: Verb

actualize, appear, arise, begin, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, originate, spring, start

Antonyms: Verb

cease, end, stop

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Examples of set-in in a Sentence


a cold spell set in sometime last week

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The Red Sox have conjured many victories as if from thin air this year, many coming with a promise this one can be the turning point that sets in motion a consistent run. Alex Speier,, "One positive from this season — Red Sox tied for AL lead in comebacks," 5 July 2019 One portion, for instance, appears to be set in a giant pachinko machine. Washington Post, "Ten under-the-radar games at E3 2019 you need to get excited about right now," 14 June 2019 Elden Ring, written in conjunction with Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin, appears to be set in a dark fantasy world, where a mystical object called the Elden Ring has been shattered, casting the world into chaos. Evan Lewis,, "E3 2019 highlights: The 15 best announcements, trailers, and games," 14 June 2019 Musk glossed over it, but the brutal reality is setting in: Mass-producing cars profitably is so difficult, and so expensive, only a few massive, multinational firms can do it. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting ran on pure, high-octane optimism," 12 June 2019 The Evening Standard claims that more reshuffling of the backroom staff is expected to be announced in due course, as Emery looks to set in place the perfect structure for Arsenal to launch another assault on the Premier League top four., "Freddie Ljungberg Set to Join Arsenal First Team Coaching Staff Ahead of Major Backroom Overhaul," 5 June 2019 The shot feels warmer and more alive, despite being set in an ostensibly scarier atmosphere. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 Crime and legal dramas stand as one of TV's oldest formats, and this one happens to be set in the near-past. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "No lasers or Linux hacks, but Better Call Saul remains one of TV’s techiest shows," 27 Aug. 2018 While the app is supposed to be set in the summer of 1985 just like the TV show, Windows 1.0 didn’t actually debut until November 1985. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s new Windows 1.11 app is a Stranger Things trip back to 1985," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of set-in


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1953, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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