set verb Definition in the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Definition of “set” - Learner’s Dictionary


/set/ ( present participle setting, past tense and past participle set)
A TIME [T] B1 to arrange a time when something will happen: [often passive] The next meeting is set for 6 February.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
LEVEL [T] to decide the level of something: The interest rate has been set at 5%.Decisions and deciding
MACHINE [T] B1 to press switches on a machine so that it will start when you want it to: I've set the alarm for 6.30. [+ to do sth] You can set the oven to come on at any particular time.PreparingFunctioningPerforming a function
set an example/a record/a standard, etc B2 to do something in a way that people will copy or try to improve on: Try to set a good example to the children. She's set a new world record with that jump.Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
set fire to sth; set sth on fire B2 to make something start burningBurning, burnt and on fire
set sb free B2 to allow someone to leave prison, or to allow a person or animal to escapeFreedom to actOpportunity
set sth alight to make something start burningStarting fires
set the table to put plates, knives, forks, etc on the table before you have a mealProviding and serving meals
SUN [I] B1 When the sun sets, it moves down in the sky so that it cannot be seen: The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.Astronomy - general words
BECOME SOLID [I] If a liquid substance sets, it becomes solid: How long does cement take to set?Physical and chemical processes
SCHOOL WORK [T] UK B2 If you set work or an exam at a school or college, you ask the students to do it: [+ two objects] Mr Harley forgot to set us any maths homework.Teaching in general
set sth down/on, etc to put something somewhere: She set the vase down on the table.Placing and positioning an object
BOOK/FILM/PLAY [T] B1 If a book, play, or movie is set in a place or period of time, the story happens there or at that time: [often passive] It's a historical adventure set in India in the 1940s.Cinema - general wordsProduction, direction and recording
set to work to start workingWork, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of workStarting and beginningStarting again
(Definition of set verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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