setback

  • 1setback — set‧back [ˈsetbæk] noun [countable] something that delays the progress or development of a plan, activity etc or makes things worse than they were before: • The company suffered a setback when it lost a bid to become the partner in a new venture …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2setback — index adversity, casualty, damper (depressant), debacle, decline, defeat, delay, disadvantage …

    Law dictionary

  • 3Setback — may have the following meanings:* a problem * Setback (land use), the distance a structure must be from the edge of a lot * Setback (architecture), making upper storeys of a high rise further back than the lower ones for aesthetic, structural, or …

    Wikipedia

  • 4Setback — Set back (s[e^]t b[a^]k ), n. 1. (Arch.) Offset, n., 4. [1913 Webster] 2. A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] 3. A reversal of progress in an endeavor; a reverse; a backset; a check; a repulse; a relapse. [Colloq. U.S.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5setback — (n.) 1670s, reversal, check to progress, from SET (Cf. set) (v.) + BACK (Cf. back) (adv.). Meaning space between a building and a property line is from 1916. To set (someone) back cost is from 1900 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6setback — [n] disappointment about face*, backset, bath*, blow, bottom, check, comedown, defeat, delay, difficulty, drawing board*, flipflop*, hindrance, hitch*, hold up, impediment, misfortune, obstacle, rebuff, regress, regression, reversal, reversal of… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7setback — ► NOUN ▪ a reversal or check in progress …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8setback — [set′bak΄] n. 1. a reversal, check, or interruption in progress; relapse; upset 2. an upper part of a wall or building set back to form a steplike section 3. PITCH2 (n. 8) …

    English World dictionary

  • 9setback — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ temporary ▪ early, initial ▪ big, huge, major, serious, severe, significant …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10setback — n. 1) to have, receive, suffer a setback 2) a serious; unexpected setback 3) a business; diplomatic; financial; military; personal; political; professional setback * * * [ setbæk] diplomatic financial military personal political professional… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11setback — UK [ˈsetˌbæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms setback : singular setback plural setbacks a problem that delays or that stops progress or makes a situation worse setback for: Falling share prices may be another setback for the troubled economy.… …

    English dictionary

  • 12setback — set|back [ set,bæk ] noun count a problem that delays or stops progress or makes a situation worse: setback for: Falling share prices may be another setback for the troubled economy. suffer a setback: Diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13setback — /set bak /, n. 1. a check to progress; a reverse or defeat: The new law was a setback. 2. Archit. a recession of the upper part of a building from the building line, as to lighten the structure or to permit a desired amount of light and air to… …

    Universalium

  • 14setback — set|back [ˈsetbæk] n a problem that delays or prevents progress, or makes things worse than they were setback for ▪ The December elections were a major setback for the party. ▪ The team s hopes of playing in Europe suffered a setback last night.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15setback — [[t]se̱tbæk[/t]] setbacks also set back N COUNT: oft N for/in/to n A setback is an event that delays your progress or reverses some of the progress that you have made. The move represents a setback for the Middle East peace process... He has… …

    English dictionary

  • 16setback — / setbæk/ noun something that stops progress ● The company has suffered a series of setbacks over the past two years. ● The shares had a setback on the Stock Exchange. ▪▪▪ ‘…a sharp setback in foreign trade accounted for most of the winter… …

    Dictionary of banking and finance

  • 17setback — {n.} A disadvantage; a delay. * /We suffered a major setback when my wife lost her job./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 18setback — {n.} A disadvantage; a delay. * /We suffered a major setback when my wife lost her job./ …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 19setback — noun Date: 1674 1. a checking of progress 2. defeat, reverse 3. pitch IV,7 4. a placing of a face of a building on a line some distance to the rear of the building line or of the wall below; also the area produced by a setback 5. automatic… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20setback — noun A disadvantage; a delay. We suffered a major setback when my wife lost her job …

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