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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But the committee kept working on a House version of the bill, and at the outset of this week the committee unveiled revisions that had won over Archambault. Edward Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Rhode Island abortion rights bill headed to the full Senate," 13 June 2019 Still, gorgeous tunes break through Finn’s cascade of songs, which deepen considerably at the outset of the second act. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘Falsettos’ revival brings back an era of liberation and fear," 13 June 2019 Celtics: Baynes posted his first double-double of the season. RESTED AND RUNNING The Celtics entered Friday’s matchup on two days’ rest and played with energy at the outset, taking a 20-9 lead. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Irving’s late layup lifts Celtics over Pacers 114-112," 29 Mar. 2019 The increase in tips also has put the onus on whistleblowers and their attorneys to present better evidence of their claims at the outset, according to Mr. Kohn, who is also a whistleblower attorney at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "SEC Grants $50 Million Award to Two JPMorgan Whistleblowers," 28 Mar. 2019 The Surf Club opened its doors on New Year’s Eve, 1930, and from the outset, the Mediterranean Revival-style estate on Miami’s beachfront served as a celebratory oasis. Vicky Lowry, ELLE Decor, "Delphine Krakoff Crafts a Magical Beachfront Retreat in Miami," 16 Apr. 2019 Separatist faith was baked into the American experiment from the outset. Chris Jennings, WSJ, "‘American Messiahs’ Review: The Prophets Among Us," 3 Apr. 2019 The summit—hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire, Goop, this weekend at Manhattan’s Pier 17—was festive from the outset. Elizabeth Nicholas, Vogue, "The Top Takeaways from 2019’s In Goop Health Summit," 12 Mar. 2019 Grant's unmistakable charm was evident from the outset. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard E. Grant's Oscar Nomination Is Long Overdue," 24 Feb. 2019

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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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