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

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 Decisions to everything from store assortment and space mix, layout, to shelf design gets a boost when the right technology fuels these insights and decision-making processes. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The pop-up was eerily similar to Mucciolo’s apartment, down to the nearly identical layout. NBC News, 5 Jan. 2022 Course reaches eight-feet long and 24 inches high, with a straight or curved layout. Rachel Layne, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2021 The interiors are completely bespoke, down to the layout. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2021 Although the switch to mid-engine layout turned off some purists from the get-go, the C8 has proven itself time and time again since its launch. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2021 As has long been the case, direct competitors for the Chevrolet Corvette are hard to come by due to the car's combination of performance and price, and that's even more true with the C8 generation's move to a mid-engine layout. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 The house was definitely a fixer-upper, but had huge potential with the layout., 26 Oct. 2021 YouTube found a very strong preference among users to have to move to a vertical layout. Todd Spangler, Variety, 15 Oct. 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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24 Jan 2022

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“Layout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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