\ 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)

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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of set-in in a Sentence

Verb a cold spell set in sometime last week
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Turkey is setting in motion a transformation of policy by preparing to wrest back control over swathes of the economy. Firat Kozok,, "Turkish Wealth Fund to Get Critical Role for Post-Pandemic World," 10 May 2020 Sanders’s miscalculation about being able to win with thirty to thirty-five per cent and not having to broaden the coalition, and then the concerns about electability that set in with the Democratic electorate: Are those two sides of the same coin? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Chris Hayes Makes Sense of the “World-Historical Cataclysm”," 10 May 2020 But then in March, as COVID-19 set in, OSHU lost $24 million. oregonlive, "OHSU cuts salaries in reaction to coronavirus downturn, no layoffs for now," 23 Apr. 2020 Using data from the cannabis analytics firm Headset Inc., Cowen also noted that pot sales spiked in March as concerns over possible dispensary closures set in. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "Marijuana use and sales spike during coronavirus lockdown measures: Poll," 9 Apr. 2020 Times aren’t set in stone, so check ahead—videos will all be archived too. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Check Out These Educational Livestreams This Week," 30 Mar. 2020 More from Taylor: Scarcity makes our brain focus — but impairs long-term financial planning As COVID-19 panic set in mid-March, 30-year U.S. government bonds hit 1 percent midday, while 10-year government bonds hit 0.5 percent, albeit briefly. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Keep an eye on the 100-year cycle while watching your 401(k) portfolio," 27 Mar. 2020 Nationwide, the realities of social distancing are setting in. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "‘Home Is Not a Safe Place If You’re With an Abusive Partner’," 25 Mar. 2020 Pompeo refused to say what, if any, red lines the U.S. would set in the intra-Afghan negotiations that are set to begin in early March. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Historic peace deal in Afghanistan reached with Taliban, allowing withdrawal of US troops," 29 Feb. 2020

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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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“Set-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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