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noun     set pronunciation in British English
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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. a.
    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    1. a.
      British a group of students in a school who have a particular level of ability in a subject

      Jane’s in the top set for English.

  3. 4
    [countable] theatre, cinema a stage or other place where a film or television programme is made or where a play is performed
  4. 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.

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  5. 6
    [singular] the position in which someone stands or sits or holds part of their body

    the determined set of her jaw

  6. 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.

  7. 9
    [singular] the condition of becoming firm or solid
  8. 10
    [countable] a young plant, or a part of a plant used for producing new plants
  9. 11
    [countable] a sett where a badger lives
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