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

Barona has 32 suites in seven sizes and layouts, ranging from 845 square feet to the aforementioned mini-mansion at 3,459 square feet. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lavish casino hotel suites offer taste of the sweet life," 8 Sep. 2019 Fix the fix: Don’t lose sight of the overall layout and functionality, said Kirchner. Don’t try to rethink the whole house in an attempt to read the minds of today’s buyers. Joanne Cleaver,, "Your DIY home renovation project may actually lower its value. 10 things to know before you start the work.," 27 Aug. 2019 The layout of the umbilicals and headroom given yield to really great composition. Trevor Mahlmann, Ars Technica, "Behind the scenes at Earth’s most beautiful rocket launch site," 25 Aug. 2019 Restaurant owners Tom and Laura Westendorf are starting renovations at the restaurant at 1429 Springfield Pike, that include a bright, open dining room layout and updated décor. Jennie Key,, "New look for an old friend as community's LaRosa's gets a makeover," 23 Aug. 2019 Cities once had walkable layouts, mixed zoning, and efficient mass transit. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "America’s transportation do-over could be a utopia or dystopia. It’s up to us.," 19 Aug. 2019 Depending on the layout, family members may come in through a different garage entrance to the home. Anchorage Daily News, "The first thing to pay attention to when you’re checking out a house for sale," 8 Aug. 2019 Dickson said Handy did a good job given the limitations of the airport’s layout, which is disjointed because parts of the facility were built at different times. Randy Diamond,, "Airport Director Russ Handy to depart as future of San Antonio airport is decided," 6 Aug. 2019 The team travels from Tampa to Cape Canaveral to document the dilapidated sites in painstaking detail in order to better understand the site layout, extent and condition. Fox News, "Florida researchers use 3D technology to preserve space program history," 5 Aug. 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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