\ 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

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 As with Toronto, the restart date is not set in stone. Sarah Michels, The Enquirer, 13 June 2021 Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Tony-winning musical is set in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 The play is set in ancient Rome, where the Volscians, a nearby tribe, are attempting to sack the city. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 10 June 2021 The pairing of Ingram with Zion Williamson was seemingly set in stone. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The camp is set in Campbell Basin in Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest and looks up at Crystal Mountain’s iconic King, Queen, and Throne peaks and out at nearby Mt. Rainier. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 June 2021 Shadow and Bone is set in the fantastical kingdom of Ravka, which is facing multiple wars. Natalie Morin,, 8 June 2021 Those waves along the sides are set in motion by more than two dozen terra-cotta forms, each a play of convexities and concavities that might have been pried from the cornice of a Baroque church. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 7 June 2021 Last month, fires were set in Walmarts in Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, and California. al, 6 June 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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