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English definition of “set sth/sb back”

set sth/sb back

verb uk phrasal verb with set   /set/ (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set) us  
C1 to delay an event, process, or person: The opening of the new swimming pool has been set back by a few weeks. A war would inevitably set back the process of reform.
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