- 1 [countable] set (of something) a group of similar things that belong together in some way a set of six chairs a complete set of her novels a set of false teeth a new set of rules to learn You can borrow my keys—I have a spare set.
- 2[countable] a group of objects used together, for example for playing a game a chess set
- 3 [countable] (sometimes disapproving) a group of people who have similar interests and spend a lot of time together socially the smart set (= rich, fashionable people) New York's literary set see also the jet set TV/radio
- 4[countable] a piece of equipment for receiving television or radio signals for play/movie
- 5 [countable] the scenery used for a play, movie, etc. We need volunteers to help build and paint the set.
- 6 [countable, uncountable] a place where a play is performed or part of a movie is filmed The cast must all be on (the) set by 7 in the morning. in sport
- 7[countable] one section of a match in games such as tennis or volleyball She won in straight sets (= without losing a set). mathematics
- 8[countable] a group of things that have a shared quality set theory pop music
- 9[countable] a series of songs or pieces of music that a musician or group performs at a concert a stunning solo set of ten songs of face/body
- 10[singular] set of something the way in which someone's face or body is fixed in a particular expression, especially one showing determination She admired the firm set of his jaw. hair
- 11 [singular] an act of arranging hair in a particular style while it is wet Ashampoo and set costs $15. becoming firm
- 12[singular] the state of becoming firm or solid To be sure of a good set when making the jam, use preserving sugar with added pectin. plant
- 13[countable] a young plant, shoot, etc. for planting onion sets
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