outset

noun
out·​set | \ ˈau̇t-ˌset How to pronounce outset (audio) \

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Examples of outset in a Sentence

There have been problems with the project from the outset. From its very outset, the company has produced the highest quality products. He made it clear at the outset that he is not going to quit his job. She set high goals for herself at the outset of her career.
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Recent Examples on the Web Asked how his day was going at the outset of a Thursday Zoom call with local media, FC Cincinnati Head Coach Jaap Stam gave an honest response that led to a somewhat unexpected conversation. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati's Jaap Stam: It takes time to build, reach the MLS playoffs," 23 Oct. 2020 But Biden was sharper than Trump might have hoped at the outset of the night, slipping up only as the evening waned and entropy had started to re-assert itself. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "In Memoriam: The Trump Pivot," 22 Oct. 2020 However, Wieler noted that Germany - which has been widely praised for effectively slowing the spread of the virus at the outset of the pandemic - is still doing better than most of its neighbors in Europe. David Rising, Star Tribune, "German disease control center urges vigilance as virus rises," 22 Oct. 2020 Three months ago, the company expected a decline of up to 12%, reflecting lower consumer spending at the outset of the pandemic. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Whirlpool Strains to Meet Appliance Demand," 21 Oct. 2020 Any curator would be suspicious at the outset of the work’s authenticity, Mr. Griffey said, but the images he was sent were immediately compelling. New York Times, "Jacob Lawrence Painting, Missing for Decades, Is Found by Met Visitor," 21 Oct. 2020 The fact that the epidemic is now hitting states like the Dakotas and Montana so hard reflects what experts envisioned at the outset of the U.S. crisis. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "‘At a breaking point’: New surge of Covid-19 cases has states, hospitals scrambling, yet again," 20 Oct. 2020 Closing schools for months at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic was a mistake that won’t be repeated, and only students who develop symptoms should be isolated, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Schools shouldn’t shut down because of COVID-19 infections, DeSantis says," 20 Oct. 2020 Because China implemented a stringent lockdown at the outset of the COVID-19 epidemic, factories were able to reopen relatively early in the year and pivot to fulfilling such demand. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "China’s GDP growth in Q3 offers little for other economies to emulate," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outset

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outset was in 1759

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27 Oct 2020

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“Outset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outset. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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outset

noun
How to pronounce outset (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of outset

: the start or beginning of something

outset

noun
out·​set | \ ˈau̇t-ˌset How to pronounce outset (audio) \

Kids Definition of outset

: beginning sense 1, start Let's agree at the outset.

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