layout

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noun

lay·​out ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio)
1
: the plan or design or arrangement of something laid out: such as
b
: final arrangement of matter to be reproduced especially by printing
2
: the act or process of planning or laying out in detail
3
a
: something that is laid out
a model train layout
b
: land or structures or rooms used for a particular purpose
a cattle-ranching layout
also : place
c
: a set or outfit especially of tools

lay out

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verb

laid out; laying out; lays out

transitive verb

1
2
: spend
3
a
: to prepare (a corpse) for viewing
b
: to knock flat or unconscious
4
: to plan in detail
lay out a campaign
5
6
: to mark (work) for drilling, machining, or filing

Examples of layout in a Sentence

Noun The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine. Verb he laid out big bucks for a new lawnmower that runs by itself the transatlantic balloonists laid out a backup plan in case of an emergency
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The 2024 Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound joins in that legacy as an addition to the current generation Land Rover's Defender lineup with a longer wheelbase but retaining the five-seat cabin layout in four-door models, unlike the seven-seat layout in other Defender 130 trims. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The layout of this single-story home includes two bedrooms and one bath. Bay Area Home Report, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 Introduced in 2018 as part of McLaren's prestigious Ultimate Series, this hypercar stands out with its unique three-seat layout, placing the driver at the center. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Built to her European owner’s exacting specifications, the first example has a custom layout and bespoke finishes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 This isn’t the first time the Swedish retailer has dabbled in AI technology—last summer, IKEA launched an AI assistant on its website that's designed to help customers plan the layout of their furniture. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 And while functional and aesthetic benefits were a big factor for many homeowners when choosing an open-concept layout, many cited entertaining needs as a reason as well. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 To restore the flower beds, which over time had crept out of their places, the society followed the original quadrant layout created by the Kansas City firm of Hare & Hare. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 First, review the size and layout of your backyard. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Feb. 2024
Verb
Shindell also points out that there’s still the opportunity to change the trajectories laid out in the report. Justine Calma, The Verge, 12 Feb. 2024 Harris also laid out plans for a big campaign-style push after the State of the Union address on March 7. Ed O'Keefe, CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 Since then, New Line has carefully laid out a Conjuring universe of movies, with sequels, prequels and spinoffs. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 The consultation document lays out a wide range of new offenses and expands those already on the books. Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 Although he’s promised to lay out a trail of breadcrumbs along the way, small morsels can’t ever fully satiate a ravenous hunger. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Ever since Peterson laid out this challenge, researchers have tried to find the best balance between time and space. Steve Nadis, Quanta Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Wright will start to lay out his side of the story tomorrow. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Feb. 2024 But the basic story is laid out, starkly, in court papers from the lawsuit and countersuit that followed the imbroglio. Indrani Sen, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of layout was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near layout

Cite this Entry

“Layout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/layout. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

layout

1 of 2 noun
lay·​out ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio)
1
2
: something laid out
3
: a set or outfit especially of tools

lay out

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)lā-ˈau̇t
1
: plan entry 2 sense 1
lay out a campaign
2
: to arrange for display or for working on
lay out an exhibit
3

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