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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web At the outset, skeptics couldn’t imagine that making yogurt would lead to success. Deborah Reid, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 PacWest said in a securities filing on Thursday that the bank lost 9.5% of deposits last week, marking a turnabout after the company said at the outset of this month that deposits remained stable. Max Zahn, ABC News, 11 May 2023 Berry was the starting punter at the outset of the 2021 season but couldn't hold on to it. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 10 May 2023 Although the district attorney’s office is not required to identify the second crime at the outset of the case, Mr. Bragg prosecuted both the lawyer and the insurance broker for additional crimes — including grand larceny — telegraphing why their false records charges were bumped up to felonies. Sean Piccoli, New York Times, 7 May 2023 While the 10-episode season begins with a fair amount of momentum, featuring Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo at the outset, forward progress pretty quickly slows to a crawl. Brian Lowry, CNN, 5 May 2023 At the outset, the National Strategy Forum was a series of lunchtime discussions for leaders and academics wanting to know more about national security issues. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2023 Those examined were free of hypertension at the outset, the study said. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 6 May 2023 Image courtesy of Universal Pictures Priya Kansara and Ritu Arya in Polite Society In movies, there are three classic storylines that will always hook us from the outset: an evil future mother-in-law, hilarious high school politics, and of course, kickass stunts. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outset was in 1759

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“Outset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outset. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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