\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This particular ambition—of reaching the vast majority of TV sets in the world—is very important and the message is urgent. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "David Attenborough's Our Planet: What We Know About the New Netflix Show," 25 Mar. 2019 The Size Records producer threw choice words at the Major Lazer co-founder after his opening for Diplo's set in Hong Kong left him feeling snubbed. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5, Laidback Luke & More DJs React to Zedd, Diplo Beef," 12 June 2018 The Great Eros Lingerie Set A pretty set in wine makes for a lovely present, while still within tasteful bounds. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 Inevitably the paradox of choice sets in: All the restaurants seem simultaneously not great and good enough. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 Now, though, some wonder whether groups can continue to corral that enthusiasm when the publicity surrounding this year’s court wrangling wears off and the reality of legislative inaction sets in. Jonathan Lai,, "Pa. redistricting reform not dead … but close to it," 26 June 2018 After dropping the first set in their quarterfinal match, Liam and Tayte quickly figured things out. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 8 stars of spring: Homestead's Drew Bosley, Whitnall's Haley Wynn among the best and brightest from 2018 spring sports," 18 June 2018 After storming to the first set in 37 minutes, the Romanian recovered from a 4-2 deficit in the second. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Simona Halep reaches second straight French Open final," 7 June 2018 The volume of the Tigris in Iraq has dropped by 8 billion cubic meters since last year, clocking in at 17 billion cubic meters as the scorching summer sets in. Washington Post, "Turkey seeks to reassure Iraqis over upstream dam," 5 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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