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See also Set, sét, and sèt

English

Etymology

  1. From Middle English setten < Old English settan.
  2. From Middle English sette < Old French < Mediaeval Latin secta (retinue) < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] "faction".
  3. From Middle English sett < Old English gesett, past participle of settan.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to set

Third person singular
sets

Simple past
set

Past participle
-

Present participle
setting

to set (third-person singular simple present sets, present participle setting, simple past and past participle set)
  1. (transitive) to put (something) down, to rest.
    Set the tray there.
  2. (transitive) to determine or settle
    to set the rent
  3. (transitive) to adjust
    I set the alarm at 6 a.m.
  4. (transitive) to punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface.
  5. (transitive) to arrange with dishes and cutlery.
    Please set the table for our guests.
  6. (transitive) to introduce or describe
    I’ll tell you what happened, but first let me set the scene.
  7. (transitive) to locate, to backdrop (a play, etc)
    He says he will set his next film in France.
  8. (transitive) to compile, to make (a crossword)
  9. (transitive) to prepare (a stage or film set).
  10. (transitive) to fit (someone) up in a situation.
  11. (transitive) to arrange (type)
    It was a complex page, but he set it quickly.
  12. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to devise and assign (work) to
    The teacher set her students the task of drawing a foot.
  13. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to sit
    He set down on the stool in the corner of the room.
  14. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack.
  15. (intransitive) To solidify.
    The glue sets in 4 minutes.
  16. (intransitive) Of a heavenly body, to disappear below the horizon of a planet, etc, as it rotates.
    The moon sets at 8:00 PM tonight.
  17. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to defeat a contract.

Derived terms

Translations

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Noun

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Singular
set

Plural
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set ({{{1}}})
  1. A matching collection of similar things.
    a set of tables
  2. A collection of various objects for a particular purpose.
    a set of tools
  3. An object made up several parts
    a set of steps
  4. (set theory) A possibly infinite collection of objects, disregarding their order and repetition.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (informal) Set theory.
  6. A group of people, usually meeting socially.
    the country set
  7. A punch for setting nails in wood.
    nail set
  8. The scenery for a film or play.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The initial or basic formation of dancers.
  10. (tennis) A complete series of games.
  11. (volleyball) The act of directing the ball to a teammate for an attack.
  12. A device for receiving broadcast radio waves; a radio or television.
    television set
  13. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) three of a kind in poker. In community card games, the term is usually reserved for a situation in which a pair in a player's hand is matched by a single card on the board. Compare with trips.
  14. (music) A musical performance by a band, disc jockey, etc., consisting of several musical pieces.
  15. A sett; a hole made and lived in by a badger.

Synonyms

  • (matching collection of similar things): suite
  • (set theory): set theory
  • (group of people, usually meeting socially):
  • (scenery): scenery

Derived terms

Translations

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Adjective

set (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
set

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. ready, prepared.
  2. intent, determined (to do something)
    set on getting to his destination
  3. prearranged
    a set menu
  4. fixed in one’s opinion
    I’m dead set against the idea of smacking children to punish them.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Fixed in a certain style.

Synonyms

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Catalan

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ca:Template:lang:la derivations]] septem

Cardinal number

set

  1. seven

Crimean Tatar

Noun

set

  1. sofa, couch, settee

Czech

Noun

set m.

  1. set, a part of a match in sports like tennis and volleyball

Synonyms


Danish

Verb

set (past participle of se)

  1. seen

Derived terms


French

Noun

set m. (plural: sets)

  1. set (in tennis)

Old English

Etymology

Compare the verb settan

Noun

set n.

  1. seat

Romansch

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:rm:Template:lang:la derivations]] septem

Number

set

  1. (cardinal) seven

Swedish

Noun

set n. (plural: set, definite singular setet, definite plural seten)

  1. set (matching collection of items)
  2. set (in tennis)

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