\ 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

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 The previous record, set in August 1915 after the Galveston hurricane, was 6.85 inches. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 26 July 2022 Venture capital funding among U.S.-based digital health startups amounted to $29.1 billion across 729 deals in 2021, according to data from Rock Health―an amount that nearly doubled the record set in 2020. Reza Amin, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Their 13 gold medals were one off their record for a single championships, and the seven golds won by the U.S. women matched their championship record set in 2017. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 Albany International Airport in New York's capital city already broke a daily heat record on Saturday, reaching 97 degrees and surpassing a daily record set in 1933, 1952 and 1955. Cady Stanton, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 On Thursday, temperatures rivaled record heat, with the high peaking at 96 degrees — 2 degrees shy of the July 21 record set in 1892, according to the National Weather Service. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 22 July 2022 And the final portion of the book, set in 2000, is structured around macroscopic foresight, as Chris glimpses the changing nature of crime in an increasingly globalized world. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Amazon Prime Video will return to Middle-earth this September with a new TV series set in J.R.R. Tolkien's rich fantasy world. Devan Coggan,, 19 July 2022 Before Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded in Britain was 38.7 C (101.7 F), set in 2019. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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