Definition of set adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//set//
    ; NAmE NAmE//set//
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    in position
  1. 1in a particular position a house set in 40 acres of parkland He had close-set eyes.
  2. planned
  3. 2[usually before noun] planned or fixed Each person was given set jobs to do. The school funds a set number of free places. Mornings in our house always follow a set pattern. New vehicles must comply with set safety standards. see also set book
  4. opinions/ideas
  5. 3not likely to change set ideas/opinions/views on how to teach As people get older, they get set in their ways.
  6. meal
  7. 4[only before noun] (of a meal in a restaurant) having a fixed price and a limited choice of dishes a set dinner/lunch/meal Shall we have the set menu?
  8. likely/ready
  9. 5likely to do something; ready for something or to do something set for something The team looks set for victory. set to do something Interest rates look set to rise again. Be set to leave by 10 o'clock. Language BankexpectDiscussing predictions The number of people using mobile phones to purchase goods and services is expected/likely to more than double by the end of 2015. Experts have predicted/forecast that the number of people using their mobile phones to pay for goods and services should exceed 190 million in 2015. This figure is set to reach 200 million by 2016. By 2015, 800 million mobile phone users worldwide will be participating in social networks via their phone. Sales of mobile phones in 2009 were lower than expected. The company’s announcement of 1.26 billion handsets sold for the year is in line with predictions.
  10. face
  11. 6[usually before noun] (of a person’s expression) fixed; not natural a set smile His face took on a set expression.
  12. Word Originadjective late Old English, past participle of the verb set.Extra examples Get set… Go! Her father is dead set against the marriage. The Italian team looks set for victory. The council is now set on expanding the sports centre. The government is now set on increasing taxes. The holiday homes are set in pleasant grounds. Their house was set back from the road. As people get older, they get set in their ways. He had very set ideas of what he wanted. There are restaurants nearby that offer a set meal for just a few dollars. We chose the set menu recommended by the head waiter.Idioms
    be (dead) set against something/against doing something
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    to be strongly opposed to something Why are you so dead set against the idea?
    be set on something/on doing something
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    to want to do or have something very much; to be determined to do something She’s set on a career in medicine. He’s set on getting a new car
    on your marks, get set, go!
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    used to tell runners in a race to get ready and then to start
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: set