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English definition of “set”

set

verb (GET READY)    /set/ (present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
B2 [T] to get something ready so that it comes into operation or can be used: [+ to infinitive] The heating is set to come on at 5 p.m. Have you set up the DVD player ? I usually set my watch by the time signal on the radio . He set the alarm for 7 a.m. Will you set the table (= put plates , knives , forks , etc. on it ready for use), please ?Preparing [T] to put furniture and other things on a stage so that it represents the time and the place in which the action of a play , film , or television programme is going to happen : During the interval the stage was set for the second act .Production, direction and recording
(Definition of set verb (GET READY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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