outset

noun
out·​set | \ˈau̇t-ˌset \

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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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Truman’s predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt, faced huge opposition to the idea of American troops coming the aid of Britain at the outset of World War ll, even when Hitler had invaded and occupied much of the rest of Europe. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948," 9 July 2018 Indy declined a team option on Lance at the outset of free agency. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Grades: Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee Join Forces with LeBron James in L.A.," 1 July 2018 For now, though, at the outset of the Chinese outdoor movement, promoting the apparel as a symbol of lifestyle probably makes the most sense. Will Ford, Outside Online, "Can American Brands Tap the Chinese Outdoor Market?," 20 June 2018 At the outset of the 20th century, researchers estimate, just 100,000 beavers survived—less than 1% of historic numbers. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Anand Bhatt, who wasn’t with the show in Westport, brings a brightness and energy to the proceedings as the loyal guard Dar, starting with his first energetic lines at the outset of the drama. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, ""Invisible Hand" Has Fresh Urgency At TheaterWorks," 1 June 2018 There was tension at the outset, but an overall sense of confidence as El Tri—its confidence buoyed after a stunning opening win against reigning World Champion Germany, a perennial powerhouse — took to the pitch in Russia’s Rostov Arena. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 National team manager Joachim Löw has already confirmed that Özil is fit enough to start, but the Germany boss also revealed that Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler will be used from the outset in their first match at the World Cup. SI.com, "Arsenal Attacker Mesut Ozil Set to Be Dropped by Germany Ahead of World Cup Opener With Mexico," 17 June 2018 The city, which owns the building, moved to displace the organization without involvement from the Boys and Girls Club, and the non-profit said its the first club to close since its outset in metro Phoenix in 1946. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Tolleson Boys and Girls Club closed to create new recreation programs," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of outset

1759, in the meaning defined above

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outset

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outset

: the start or beginning of something

outset

noun
out·​set | \ˈau̇t-ˌset \

Kids Definition of outset

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

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