- setbacksN-COUNT: oft N for/in/to nA 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 suffered a serious setback in his political career.
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setback — 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
setback — index adversity, casualty, damper (depressant), debacle, decline, defeat, delay, disadvantage … Law dictionary
Setback — 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
Setback — 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
setback — (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
setback — [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
setback — ► NOUN ▪ a reversal or check in progress … English terms dictionary
setback — [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
setback — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ temporary ▪ early, initial ▪ big, huge, major, serious, severe, significant … Collocations dictionary
setback — 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
setback — 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