set vs sit :

set or sit

In some dialects people say “come on in and set a spell,” but instandard English the word is “sit.” You set down an object or a childyou happen to be carrying; but those seating themselves sit. If you mix these two up it will not sit well with some people.

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  • n  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
  • n  (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
    the set of prime numbers is infinite
  • n  several exercises intended to be done in series
    he did four sets of the incline bench press
  • n  representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
    the sets were meticulously authentic
  • n  an unofficial association of people or groups
    the smart set goes there
  • n  a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
    the set of his mind was obvious
  • n  the act of putting something in position
    he gave a final set to his hat
  • n  a unit of play in tennis or squash
    they played two sets of tennis after dinner
  • n  the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
    he tested the set of the glue
  • n  evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  • n  the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
    before the set of sun
  • n  (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
  • n  any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
    the early sets ran on storage batteries
  • v  put into a certain place or abstract location
  • v  fix conclusively or authoritatively
    set the rules
  • v  decide upon or fix definitely
  • v  establish as the highest level or best performance
    set a record
  • v  put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state
    set the house afire
  • v  fix in a border
    The goldsmith set the diamond
  • v  make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  • v  set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
    set clocks or instruments
  • v  locate
    The film is set in Africa
  • v  disappear beyond the horizon
    the sun sets early these days
  • v  adapt for performance in a different way
    set this poem to music
  • v  put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  • v  apply or start
    set fire to a building
  • v  become gelatinous
  • v  set in type
    My book will be typeset nicely
    set these words in italics
  • v  put into a position that will restore a normal state
    set a broken bone
  • v  insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
  • v  give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
  • v  urge to attack someone
  • v  estimate
  • v  equip with sails or masts
  • v  get ready for a particular purpose or event
    set up an experiment
    set the table
  • v  alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  • v  bear fruit
  • v  arrange attractively
  • s  (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed
    we are set to go at any time
  • s  fixed and unmoving
    with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare
    his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien
  • s  situated in a particular spot or position
    a house set on a hilltop
  • s  set down according to a plan:"a carefully laid table with places set for four people"
  • s  being below the horizon
    the moon is set
  • s  determined or decided upon as by an authority
    the time set for the launching
  • s  converted to solid form (as concrete)

  • v  be seated
  • v  be around, often idly or without specific purpose
  • v  take a seat
  • v  be in session
    When does the court of law sit?
  • v  assume a posture as for artistic purposes
  • v  sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
  • v  be located or situated somewhere
    The White House sits on Pennsylvania Avenue
  • v  work or act as a baby-sitter; I have too much homework to do"
    I cannot baby-sit tonight
  • v  show to a seat; assign a seat for
  • v  serve in a specific professional capacity
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