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Meaning of “set in” in the English Dictionary

"set in" in British English

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set in

phrasal verb with set uk   us   /set/ verb (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
When something ​unpleasant sets in, it ​begins and ​seemslikely to ​continue in a ​serious way: This ​rainlooks as if it has set in for the ​rest of the ​day. If you get ​bitten by a ​dog, you have to make ​sure the ​wound is ​cleaned well, or an ​infection could set in. Despair ​seems to have set in among the ​team.
(Definition of set in from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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set in

phrasal verb with set  us   /set/ verb
to ​begin: If the ​wound is ​untreated, ​infection may set in. In ​winter, ​darkness sets in so early! Note: said about conditions or situations that last for a period of time
(Definition of set in from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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