|Origin:||Past participle of SET1|
being in the position that is mentioned
placed[not before noun]
set in/on/back etc
a medieval village set high on a hill
a big house set back from the road
used to say that something is in front of a particular background, especially in a way that is attractive
a small town of white buildings, set against a background of hills
pink petals set against dark green foliage
a set amount, time etc is fixed and is never changed:
fixed[only before noun]
We were paid a set amount each week.
The evening meal is served at a set time.
Small children like a set routine.
someone who is set for something is ready for it
ready[not before noun] informal
set to do something
I was just set to go when the phone rang.
Get set (=get ready) for a night of excitement.
On your marks - get set - go (=said to start a race).
determined about something:
Nina's set on going to the party.
The government's dead set (=completely determined) against the plan.
not likely to change:
People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.
Mark was 65 and rather set in his ways (=habits).
to want to do something very much, or to be aiming to do something:
She's got her heart set on going to France this summer.
Don has his sights set on a career in law.
likely to do something:
set to do something
The weather is set to change.
This issue is set to cause some embarrassment.
eyes whose position is deep in the face, far apart on the face, or close together on the face
to be decorated with jewels:
a gold bracelet set with rubies
a set meal in a restaurant has a fixed price and a more limited choice than usual
meal[only before noun] British EnglishDFDL
The hotel does a very good set menu.
12 British EnglishSE
a book that must be studied for an examination
if your face is set, it has a fixed expression on it, especially one that is angry, worried etc:
He stared at her, his face set.
Kate's face was set in a grim expression.
'Damn you,' he said through set teeth.