lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Definition of layout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a : 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


Definition of lay out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of layout in a Sentence


The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Choose your weekly layout (vertical, horizontal, or hourly), coil color, color scheme, and more. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Erin Condren Coiled LifePlanner," 5 Apr. 2019 Prosecutors believe the Wagners spent months studying the victims’ habits and the layouts of their homes. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Ohio Officials Charge Family in ‘Execution’ of Another Family," 13 Nov. 2018 And some proposals might conflict with Sound Transit’s station design and the layout of existing streets, officials said. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with some modifications., "Grand opening of permanent pickleball court slated for Monday," 5 May 2018 These comparisons provide some of the most powerful evidence so far on what drives people’s chances of rising beyond the station of their birth, including education, family structure and the economic layout of metropolitan areas. charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s poor struggle to advance | Charlotte Observer," 16 Apr. 2018 But the enthusiasm of city officials, the variety of businesses that could utilize delivery services around the clock, and the geographic layout of the city and its suburbs all helped put Miami and surrounding Dade County at the top of Ford’s list. Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver, "Miami Slice: Ford Starts Self-Driving Pizza Delivery, and More, in South Florida," 27 Feb. 2018 Set up your list based on your preferences and the layout of your supermarket. Sarah Haan, Woman's Day, "4 Steps to a Healthy Grocery List," 15 Feb. 2011 Of course, not all kitchen layouts lend themselves to a triangle. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Zoning," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of layout


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something : the way something is laid out


lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Kids Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something the layout of the park

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