\ 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 Adams plays a Disney Princess who is forced to live in the live-action world, set in New York. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Patrick Dempsey spills details on 'Enchanted' sequel," 14 Jan. 2021 Ubisoft said only that its game will be set in an open-world environment and will developed by the company’s Massive Entertainment team in Sweden, best known for a series of shooting games called Tom Clancy’s The Division. Jason Schreier,, "Ubisoft to Make Star Wars Game, Marking End to EA Exclusivity," 13 Jan. 2021 Far fewer movies have been both shot and set in Alaska. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Remember ‘Pipe Dreams,’ the 1976 Alaska pipeline film starring soul legend Gladys Knight? You’re one of the few.," 11 Jan. 2021 Select a couple of friends, send them each a Lego set in the mail, and hop on a video call so everyone can create together! Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Virtual Birthday Party Ideas for Your Big Day In Quarantine," 4 Jan. 2021 Most would like to see the price of water, long set in quiet by utilities and governments, rise precipitously. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 Over at Baxter High, this dorky band called the Stone Philosphers shows up to Fright Club’s practice in Buddy Holly glasses and hairstyles straight out of the 1960s because this show is set in the present day. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: Dreams (and Nightmares) From My Father," 1 Jan. 2021 Carroll’s school board will meet Monday, Jan. 4 to discuss returning to hybrid learning as early as Jan. 7, the target date board members set in early December. Kristen Griffith,, "Carroll County legislators push for in-person learning plan in letter to state superintendent of schools," 29 Dec. 2020 Both are franchise records for futility and were set in this game. David Moore, Dallas News, "How the Cowboys’ defense has undergone a remarkable transformation during this late-season run," 27 Dec. 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 25 Jan. 2021.

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