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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Despite skepticism at its outset, Stock Connect has become a smooth and well-liked method for investors to access the mainland’s shares. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Surging Foreign Activity in Chinese Stocks Will Test Beijing," 6 Mar. 2019 Alita, who is played via motion-capture technology by Rosa Salazar, doesn’t have much of a body at the outset. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Review: Big Eyes, Throbbing Heart, Muddled Mind," 14 Feb. 2019 At least at the outset, that seems almost impossible. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Since its outset, people both within Square and outside have been skeptical of the lending push. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "A $150,000 Small Business Loan—From an App," 28 Dec. 2018 The glass downtown arena has carried the Sprint name from its outset. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Sprint’s merger plans aside, don’t call it the T-Mobile Center just yet | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 The weekend is likely to end on a rainier note than its outset in the valley. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Some sun, high in the low 60s to cap off spring break," 31 Mar. 2018 O’Neill has presided over the case since its outset, including last summer’s trial, which ended with a hung jury. Laura Mccrystal, Philly.com, "Judge in Bill Cosby trial says he will not step down," 29 Mar. 2018 Similarly, he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter against the Wizard in a period where the Cavs trailed by just three at its outset. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers want Rodney Hood to shoot more," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of outset

1759, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outset

: the start or beginning of something


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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