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


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

Strong tee-to-green play is essential regardless of course conditions or layout, and when Mr McIlroy manages to steady his putter from middling distances, few if any golfers can keep up with him. D.r., The Economist, "Can Rory McIlroy win on his home turf?," 17 July 2019 But adults should feel no shame going to the museum and spending large amounts of time studying the model trains of all gauges, the complex track layouts, the incredibly detailed buildings and scenery, and the history displays. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: When her branch of the family blew in unannounced, they came bearing something warm from the oven!," 14 July 2019 According to friends of mine who assisted in the process, teams of netizens, none knowing each other personally, collaborated online and worked frantically to arrange the layout, text and placement of the advertisements. Kevin Yam, Quartz, "Why Hong Kong’s protests prove it deserves to be a global financial hub," 10 July 2019 The stadium track lacks an ideal layout, and use of it requires coordination with other events taking place in the parking lot, such as used car sales. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County preparing to build $30M police vehicle training course in Otay," 10 July 2019 The button layout, internal hardware, battery life and charging time are all roughly equivalent to the original Nintendo Switch model. Steve Watts, CBS News, "Nintendo introduces Switch Lite, a cheaper version of the Switch," 10 July 2019 These include models that will use front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive layouts, for one thing. NBC News, "BMW doubles down on plug-ins and battery-powered cars, saying the future of sporty driving is electric," 28 June 2019 The full layout, which dates to 1968 when the track opened, includes the Carousel, a sweeping downhill corner. Tom Fitzgerald,, "Kyle Larson tops NASCAR Cup qualifying at Sonoma for 3rd straight year," 22 June 2019 What was once a confused and awkward layout, with its combined living room, office, and dining room spaces, would be transformed into an area that is functional and attractive, with a smarter overall flow. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins," 7 June 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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