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

laid out; laying out; lays 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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 91 rooms vary in size, layout, and design, with suites offering separate sitting rooms, and some of them, clawfoot bathtubs. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2021 Its initial audience was the small printer and copy shops as well as small businesses who did layout and design for newsletters, promotional material, and advertising flyers. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 28 May 2021 With contemporary styling throughout, it is characterized by a flowing open-plan layout and massive windows that let in plenty of natural light. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 May 2021 That section also includes the all-white piano that stood in the white room of Pulse’s original layout and posters for the eventual themed nights at the club, such as Latin night and college night. Dewayne Bevil,, 27 May 2021 Mayor Bryan Kennedy said the request was not reconsidered by the plan commission because the building's number of units, materials, layout and parcels have remained the same since its approval 13 years ago. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 Have your home assessed for accessibility: Qualified homeowners in Cuyahoga County can receive a thorough assessment of the existing features, layout and appliances within their home. cleveland, 21 May 2021 Adding electrical assistance to both ends of the car suggests a layout similar to that of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and one more advanced than that of the McLaren Artura, albeit some way behind it to market. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 11 May 2021 Aside from the green cabinets, everything but the La Cornue CornuFé range is new, including new cabinets, a new layout, and even the window over the range. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 3 May 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Layout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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