Synonyms for (noun) set

set, exercise set

several exercises intended to be done in series

he did four sets of the incline bench press


the act of putting something in position

he gave a final set to his hat


any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals

the early sets ran on storage batteries

LESS SPECIFIC: electronic equipment

stage set, set

representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production

the sets were meticulously authentic

LESS SPECIFIC: representation

readiness, set

(psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way

the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution; his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set

LESS SPECIFIC: cognitive state, state of mind

set, bent

a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

the set of his mind was obvious

LESS SPECIFIC: inclination, disposition, tendency


the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon

before the set of sun



a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

a set of books; a set of golf clubs; a set of teeth


(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols

the set of prime numbers is infinite

LESS SPECIFIC: abstract entity, abstraction

circle, band, lot, set

an unofficial association of people or groups

the smart set goes there; they were an angry lot

LESS SPECIFIC: social group

Set, Seth

evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris

LESS SPECIFIC: Egyptian deity

hardening, curing, solidification, solidifying, set

the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization

the hardening of concrete; he tested the set of the glue


a unit of play in tennis or squash

they played two sets of tennis after dinner

Synonyms for (verb) set

set, coif, coiffe, coiffure, do, dress, arrange

arrange attractively

dress my hair for the wedding

LESS SPECIFIC: groom, neaten

fructify, set

bear fruit

the apple trees fructify

LESS SPECIFIC: multiply, reproduce, procreate

adjust, correct, set

alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

Adjust the clock, please; correct the alignment of the front wheels

LESS SPECIFIC: alter, change, modify


set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly

set clocks or instruments

LESS SPECIFIC: adjust, correct, set


put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state

set the house afire

LESS SPECIFIC: alter, change, modify

set, set up, gear up, fix, prepare, ready

make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

Get the children ready for school!; prepare for war; I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill

LESS SPECIFIC: alter, change, modify

set, set up, lay out

get ready for a particular purpose or event

set up an experiment; set the table; lay out the tools for the surgery

LESS SPECIFIC: set, set up, gear up, fix, prepare, ready

rig, set, set up

equip with sails or masts

rig a ship

LESS SPECIFIC: outfit, equip, fit, fit out

jell, set, congeal

become gelatinous

the liquid jelled after we added the enzyme


put, place, set


We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M.

LESS SPECIFIC: judge, approximate, estimate, gauge, guess

limit, set, specify, define, determine, fix

decide upon or fix definitely

fix the variables; specify the parameters

LESS SPECIFIC: select, choose, take, pick out

set, mark

establish as the highest level or best performance

set a record

LESS SPECIFIC: establish, make, lay down

set, sic

urge to attack someone

The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders; the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits

LESS SPECIFIC: set on, assail, assault, attack


give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor


put, place, pose, position, set, lay

put into a certain place or abstract location

Put your things here; Set the tray down; Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children; Place emphasis on a certain point

LESS SPECIFIC: displace, move

set, countersink

insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)

LESS SPECIFIC: sink, bury

set, plant

put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

Let's plant flowers in the garden

LESS SPECIFIC: put, place, pose, position, set, lay


fix in a border

The goldsmith set the diamond

LESS SPECIFIC: set up, arrange


put into a position that will restore a normal state

set a broken bone

LESS SPECIFIC: put, place, pose, position, set, lay


apply or start

set fire to a building

LESS SPECIFIC: start, originate, initiate

set, arrange

adapt for performance in a different way

set this poem to music

LESS SPECIFIC: compose, write

place, set, localise, localize


The film is set in Africa

LESS SPECIFIC: stage, represent, present

set, typeset

set in type

My book will be typeset nicely; set these words in italics

LESS SPECIFIC: print, impress

set, go down, go under

disappear beyond the horizon

the sun sets early these days

LESS SPECIFIC: go down, come down, fall, descend

Synonyms for (adjective) set

set, hardened

converted to solid form (as concrete)


rigid, fixed, set

fixed and unmoving

with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare; his bearded face already has a set hollow look- Connor Cruise O'Brien; a face rigid with pain

LESS SPECIFIC: unmoving, nonmoving

laid, set

set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"

stones laid in a pattern

LESS SPECIFIC: arranged, ordered

primed, set, fit

(usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed

in no fit state to continue; fit to drop; laughing fit to burst; she was fit to scream; primed for a fight; we are set to go at any time


set, situated, placed, located

situated in a particular spot or position

valuable centrally located urban land; strategically placed artillery; a house set on a hilltop; nicely situated on a quiet riverbank


determined, dictated, set

determined or decided upon as by an authority

date and place are already determined; the dictated terms of surrender; the time set for the launching



being below the horizon

the moon is set