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adjective     set pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    [usually before noun] already decided or agreed

    There’s no set time limit for the job.

    He charges a set fee for his services.

  2. 2
    not willing to change your opinion or way of doing things
    be set in your ways:

    He’s old and stubborn and set in his ways.

  3. 3
    [only before noun] a set smile or expression does not change, and often hides what someone is really thinking

    Iris stared in front of her with a set expression, making no response.

  4. 4
    [never before noun] ready to do something
    get set:

    On your marks, get set, go!

    set for:

    The top contenders are set for the showdown at next week’s championship.

    be all set (for something):

    Are you all set for the party tonight?

    be all set to do something:

    I was all set to do it myself when he finally showed up.

  5. 5
    [never before noun] likely to do something
    set for:

    The museum is set for a major expansion.

    be set to do something:

    Car repair costs are set to rise under EU proposals.

    look set to do something:

    Rosenthal looks set to miss the match because of injury.

  6. 6
    [only before noun] a set book or text contains information that students must study before an examination
  7. 7
    [only before noun] a set meal in a restaurant or hotel offers a limited choice of different foods for a fixed price

    Dinner is a set menu of three courses.

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