\ 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 To successfully stymie the spread, schools need to test students every few days, especially at the semester’s start, to account for false negatives and the potential for tests being administered to an infected person before symptoms set in. Suzanne Hirt (, USA TODAY, "'A scary reality': Students react to colleges' reopening plans with mix of optimism, fear," 30 June 2020 Her dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories, many of them set in western New York, forgo an air of cool mastery in favor of a kind of cultivated vulnerability, an openness to engulfment. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "The Unruly Genius of Joyce Carol Oates," 29 June 2020 Now that summer in Michigan has set in, the demand has only increased, but the supply has not. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "100 days into the pandemic, what items are still hard to come by?," 26 June 2020 But as more time passed, realization set in: Had that random Friday been their last real day of school? Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Follow high school grads as they say goodbye to a senior year stolen by coronavirus," 24 June 2020 As the seriousness of the pandemic set in during late March, Bass joined Biden for a livestream event about the problems faced by medical workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass being vetted to be Biden running mate," 24 June 2020 The three bills appeared to have some support before the pandemic fully set in. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Turn Rikers Island Into a Solar Farm," 19 June 2020 Euphoria soon gave way to frustration as the cold war set in. The Economist, "The new world disorder Global leadership is missing in action," 18 June 2020 But as the losses mounted and reality set in, Green adjusted his approach. Connor Letourneau,, "Draymond Green: Warriors’ forward eager to silence doubters after rough season," 18 June 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 12 Jul. 2020.

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