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set

verb

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1 to cover and warm eggs as the young inside develop
  • the hen set for days

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2 to decide upon (the time or date for an event) usually from a position of authority
  • set a date for the wedding

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3 to make an approximate or tentative judgment regarding
  • fire losses were set at a million dollars

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4 chiefly dialect to rest on the buttocks or haunches
  • come over and set for a spell

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5 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • determined to see the West, she set her car towards the sun and drove off

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7 to put securely in place or in a desired position
  • had the jeweler set the diamond again

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8 to turn from a liquid into a substance resembling jelly
  • the gelatin is just starting to set now

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9 to arrange something in a certain spot or position
  • set a book on the table

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10 to become physically firm or solid
  • the concrete must set completely before anyone can walk on it

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set

noun

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1 a group of people acting together within a larger group
  • the younger set is less likely to volunteer for the church's annual rummage sale

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2 a group of people sharing a common interest and relating together socially
  • they rarely associate with anyone outside their social set

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3 a number of things considered as a unit
  • a set of tools

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4 one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
  • the next set of job applicants had far more education and practical experience

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5 the array of painted backgrounds and furnishings used to establish the setting in a stage production
  • built sets for the play

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1 being in a state of fitness for some experience or action
  • we're all set to go

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2 firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge
  • that rock is really set in the hillside

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5 of a particular or exact sort
  • international law has set rules for the treatment of prisoners of war

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“Set.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/set. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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