\ 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 Still, the book, which is set in Didion’s home town of Sacramento, is not just a reflexive or academic exercise. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Joan Didion’s Early Novels of American Womanhood," 25 Nov. 2019 The most recent data, released this week by the U.S. Department of Labor, show a continuation of a sharp drop in Wisconsin’s job growth that set in early this year. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin job growth slowed dramatically in first half of 2019. Economists say don't worry.," 22 Nov. 2019 All of this is happening in 24-hour darkness, which set in just a few days after the ship, which left northern Norway in late September, stopped next to an ice floe in the Laptev Sea, far north of the Siberian coast, and froze in place. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Stuck in Arctic Ice, Dodging Polar Bears. All for Science.," 22 Nov. 2019 On Tuesday, water levels reached 6 feet 2 inches — the highest in 53 years and just 2 inches shy of matching the record of 6 feet 4 inches that was set in November 1966. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Venice's devastating floods are the 'canary in a coal mine' for coastal cities worldwide," 15 Nov. 2019 The record low for Nov. 13 is 12 degrees, which was set in 1911. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "20 inches of snow is now forecast for the Thumb, 4-6" for metro Detroit," 11 Nov. 2019 The best part is the sauna, which the architects have cleverly set in a stone ruin—an essential ritual of purification before another day of serious drinking. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Auvergne’s Natural Wineries and Charming Bistros," 11 Nov. 2019 For context, the record—which was set in 1997, also with Wing Commander Green behind the wheel—stands at 762.15mph (1,231.40km/h or Mach 1.005). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Land-speed car begins testing, beats 500mph with just one engine," 7 Nov. 2019 Flacco’s comments after the Colts game were produced out of frustration and when that sets in, the facts are sometimes forgotten. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Just who is Brandon Allen?," 29 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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