\ 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 The record was set in September 2019 in a monowheel called Trojan. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Watch This Crazy One-Wheeler Move, Spinning Wildly toward 70+ MPH," 21 June 2020 Many other horror films have been set in or around the water, including The Meg, Deep Blue Sea, and Underwater, but horror author Grady Hendrix says that none of them have been able to top Jaws. WIRED, "We Need More Movies Where the Sharks Win," 20 June 2020 But my legal research on charitable gifts shows that donor wishes are not always set in stone, so to speak. Allison Anna Tait, The Conversation, "Latest legal hurdle to removing Confederate statues in Virginia: The wishes of their long-dead white donors," 19 June 2020 The rest of the episode was set in present-day Sanctum. Dalene Rovenstine,, "The 100 recap: So, this is Bardo," 18 June 2020 This transformation had been set in motion decades before, by Korea’s Japanese colonial rulers, but the mid-nineteen-fifties flooded the country with more Western influence, in particular, than ever before. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: The Best Movies in the Korean Film Archive," 17 June 2020 McBride’s novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969 and centers on the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. USA TODAY, "Oprah picks James McBride’s 'Deacon King Kong' for her book club," 17 June 2020 The plan, according to prosecutors, was set in motion after eBay's then-CEO Devin Wenig, who left the company suddenly in September, complained to his subordinates about the blog's sometimes critical coverage. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Cockroaches, a bloody pig mask, and a coverup. The 5 craziest allegations against former eBay officials," 15 June 2020 These two indomitable wills were now set in ironclad opposition. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history," 12 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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