\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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Przybylski, who won the event in 2013 and 2015, appears to be in good position to chase his record score of 136 set in 2015. Steve Millar, Naperville Sun, "Watch the birdies: Frankfort’s Glenn Przybylski takes first-round lead in Naperville Men’s City Championship," 14 July 2018 Against all odds, the article set in motion a chain of events that led a national TV news program to help Tveidt find his biological father — and identify two Anchorage-area women who a genealogist believes are his aunt and mother. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father.," 12 July 2018 Although there were only seven bank mergers set in motion in 2017 (not counting the failure of Guaranty Bank), there already are six deals under way in 2018, said Tom Homberg, a banking attorney with Milwaukee’s Godfrey & Kahn. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bank Mutual set to switch to Associated Bank this weekend," 20 June 2018 Her digital image was set in motion and Yura plucked a budding flower. Tara Knight, The Root, "Beyond the Blue," 13 May 2018 Bypassing spring, summer-like temperatures will set in across Connecticut for the next two days. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Summer-Like Temperatures Expected Through Friday," 2 May 2018 Jim Rice holds the single-season record of 36, set in 1984. Paul Sullivan,, "Clubhouse policeman Bud Norris creating latest controversy in St. Louis," 14 July 2018 This seven-day heat wave will be three days short of the record — ten consecutive days set in 2016 and 1995 — and two days short of the nine-day heat waves in 2002 and 1973. Hartford Courant,, "Thursday Expected To Be Last Day Of Heat Wave," 4 July 2018 Justin Turner’s two-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday was the 53rd in June for the Dodgers, tying the franchise record for homers in a month, set in June 2017. Mike Digiovanna,, "Loss of Josh Fields throws off Dodgers' bullpen," 29 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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