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noun set pronunciation in American English /set/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a group of things of the same type that belong together
    set of: a set of keys
    a complete set of Pokemon cards
    1. b.
      a number of ideas, rules, facts, or principles that form a group
      set of: The papers printed a fresh set of allegations against the ex-President.
      a set of guidelines/rules/instructions: The tax department provides a set of guidelines for new business start-ups.
    2. c.
      a particular number of times that an exercise or a group of exercises is repeated
      Do three sets of the exercises I gave you last week.
    3. d.
      music a series of songs that a band or singer plays or sings in a performance
      The band is taking a 15 minute break between sets.
  2. 2
    [countable] a group of people who spend time together or who share an interest
    your social set
    New York’s literary set
    set of: He’s made a completely new set of friends at college.
  3. 4
    [countable] in tennis and some other sports, a part of a match consisting of at least six games
    Sampras took the first set 6–2.
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  4. 6
    [singular] the process of arranging wet hair in a particular style so that it keeps that style when it becomes dry
    a shampoo and set: She has a shampoo and set every week.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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