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English definition of “set”

set

verb [T] (ARRANGE)   /set/ (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
to arrange or adjust something so it is ready to work or be used: I’ve set the clock to daylight savings time. To get rid of mice, set a trap – or get a cat. My job is to set the table before dinner (= arrange the plates, utensils, etc.).
(Definition of set verb (ARRANGE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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