\ ˈset-ˈin \

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 \

Definition of set-in (Entry 2 of 3)

: insert

set 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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Anthem looks to combine the storytelling the studio is known for with Destiny-style action, all set in a brand-new sci-fi universe that will change and grow over time. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 The image, the first official shot from the the show's eighth and final season, was taken on set in Northern Ireland, EW reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The First Photo from Game of Thrones Season 8 Is Here," 1 Nov. 2018 All seemed fine until her PTSD set in a few years later. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "Gardening Led This Veteran to a New Life of Hope and Healing," 13 July 2018 Nadal played a trio of uncharacteristically loose points, then del Potro stole the set in a tiebreak. Jon Wertheim,, "Four Thoughts From Four Quarterfinals: Rafa-Djokovic to Meet, Federer Upset," 11 July 2018 The team, which consists of players from Hagerty, Lake Highland Prep, West Orange, The First Academy, Lake Nona and Dr. Phillips, has swept its first 10 sets in the 59-team tournament at the Orange County Convention Center. J.c. Carnahan,, "Defending champion OTVA 16 South still unbeaten at AAU volleyball nationals," 26 June 2018 Comedians have a long history of recording their best comedy sets in the Bayou City and Gabriel Iglesias is poised to be the next one. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will record his next Netflix special in Houston," 20 June 2018 This week saw one such story play out in dramatic detail—and it was set in space. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Small CubeSat Became the Unlikely Hero of the InSight Landing," 29 Nov. 2018 Anderson, a 32-year-old from South Africa, eliminated eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a 13-11 fifth set in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Howard Fendrich,, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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