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definition of the word set

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
let world thing #195: set told both having

  1. From Middle English setten < Old English settan.
  2. From Middle English sette < Old French < Mediaeval Latin secta (retinue) < Latin "faction".
  3. From Middle English sett < Old English gesett, past participle of settan.

to set

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to set (third-person singular simple present sets, present participle setting, simple past and past participle set)

  1. (transitive) to put (something) down, to rest.
    Set the tray there.
  2. (transitive) to determine or settle
    to set the rent
  3. (transitive) to adjust
    I set the alarm at 6 a.m.
  4. (transitive) to punch (a nail) into wood so that its head is below the surface.
  5. (transitive) to arrange with dishes and cutlery.
    Please set the table for our guests.
  6. (transitive) to introduce or describe
    I’ll tell you what happened, but first let me set the scene.
  7. (transitive) to locate, to backdrop (a play, etc)
    He says he will set his next film in France.
  8. (transitive) to compile, to make (a crossword)
  9. (transitive) to prepare (a stage or film set).
  10. (transitive) to fit (someone) up in a situation.
  11. (transitive) to arrange (type)
    It was a complex page, but he set it quickly.
  12. (transitive) to devise and assign (work) to
    The teacher set her students the task of drawing a foot.
  13. (transitive, archaic) to sit
    He set down on the stool in the corner of the room.
  14. (transitive, volleyball) To direct (the ball) to a teammate for an attack.
  15. (intransitive) To solidify.
    The glue sets in 4 minutes.
  16. (intransitive) Of a heavenly body, to disappear below the horizon of a planet, etc, as it rotates.
    The moon sets at 8:00 PM tonight.
  17. (transitive, bridge) to defeat a contract.

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