Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

set - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun set pronunciation in British English /set/
Word Forms
Close
singularset
pluralsets
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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 university.
  3. 5
    [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.
    Synonyms and related words
  4. 7
    [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.

nanodegree

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

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

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

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog