set back

set back
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [set bak]
    • /sɛt bæk/
    • /set bæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [set bak]
    • /sɛt bæk/

Definitions of set back words

  • noun set back the act or state of setting or the state of being set. 1
  • noun set back a collection of articles designed for use together: a set of china; a chess set. 1
  • noun set back a collection, each member of which is adapted for a special use in a particular operation: a set of golf clubs; a set of carving knives. 1
  • noun set back a number, group, or combination of things of similar nature, design, or function: a set of ideas. 1
  • noun set back a series of volumes by one author, about one subject, etc. 1
  • noun set back a number, company, or group of persons associated by common interests, occupations, conventions, or status: a set of murderous thieves; the smart set. 1

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set back popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

set back usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for set back

verb set back

  • back water — to reverse the direction of a boat, esp to push the oars of a rowing boat to slow it down or stop it
  • backwater — A backwater is a place that is isolated.
  • beat off — to drive back; repel
  • benching — a long seat for several persons: a bench in the park.
  • bogged — wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.

adj set back

  • depressed — If you are depressed, you are sad and feel that you cannot enjoy anything, because your situation is so difficult and unpleasant.

Antonyms for set back

verb set back

  • boost — If one thing boosts another, it causes it to increase, improve, or be more successful.

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