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verb (FIX)    /set/ (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
B1 [T] to fix or make certain: Has a date/time been set for the meeting yet? The price of the house has been set at £425,000.Decisions and deciding set into sth/be set with sth If a precious stone is set in/into a piece of jewellery, or a piece of jewellery is set with a precious stone, the stone is fixed firmly to the piece of jewellery: a gold tiepin with a diamond set into it a brooch set with rubies and pearlsJewellery [T] When a doctor sets a broken bone, he or she puts it into a fixed position so that it will heal.Physiotherapy, massage and osteopathy [I] When a broken bone sets, it heals in a fixed position.Recovering from illness [T] If you have your hair set, you have it arranged while it is wet so that it will be fixed in a particular style when it is dry.Hairdressing [T] If you set a part of your body, you tighten the muscles around it in order to show that you are determined about something: "I'm never going back to him," she said, setting her jaw firmly. His face was set in determination.Preparing [I] If a liquid or soft material sets, it becomes firm or hard: Leave the jelly in the fridge to set. Don't walk on the concrete until it has set.Physical and chemical processes
(Definition of set verb (FIX) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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