\ 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 record was set in 2016 by the $27.5 million sale of a nearby property known as Oliver’s Cove, the agent said. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Bruce Willis Seeks a Record $33 Million for Sprawling Turks and Caicos Spread," 28 Mar. 2019 There were also three eye-catching rings all set in platinum and covered in diamonds. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zoe Kravitz Wore an 18k Gold Bra Top to the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 On public display for the first time, the tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Is Getting the Meghan Markle Treatment," 8 Feb. 2019 According to TMZ, Davidson paid $93,000 for the bling, which is a VVS1 clarity 3.03 carat diamond set in platinum. Eileen Reslen, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Rocked Her Engagement Ring in a New Music Video," 19 July 2018 In addition, organizers unveiled Tuesday that director Paolo Virzi will present his latest film, Notti Magiche, which is set in Rome during the 1990 World Cup. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sigourney Weaver Joins Rome Film Fest Sessions Lineup," 26 June 2018 This, my friends, is how the scene was set in a fake movie trailer showing President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the two heroes who will help us achieve world peace., "The White House Created A Fake Movie Trailer Starring Trump & Kim Jong Un As Heroes," 12 June 2018 But few may know that the Reagan family's TV home, set in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood, actually exists. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Blue Bloods' House Where the Reagans Have Their Family Dinners Is a Real Place," 22 Feb. 2019 The series, set in Montana, was filmed there and in Utah. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "TV series 'Yellowstone' showcases Native American actors," 20 June 2018

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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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The first known use of set-in was in the 15th century

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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