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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This behavior is distinct from other shark species, like the sand tiger shark whose embryos cannibalize their siblings in utero and thus eliminate the competition from the outset. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 Critics have dogged Nununu from the outset, according to Adler and Milchberg, because the brand focuses on changing clothing concepts as well as attitudes about children and gender. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Céline Dion has a new gender-neutral clothing line for kids," 16 Nov. 2018 As for Michael, that was a decision was almost guaranteed from the outset. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton and James Matthews Have Confirmed the Name of Their Baby Boy," 12 Nov. 2018 Most of the casualties were domestic tourists visiting beaches at the outset of the long Christmas weekend. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Rain Slows Search for Tsunami Dead, as Indonesia Recalls 2004 Disaster," 26 Dec. 2018 Then, ideally at the outset of therapy, the individual (or family, couple, organization, etc.) and provider also mutually agree upon a definition of progress that both parties can evaluate over time. SELF, "How Can You Tell if Therapy Is Actually Working?," 11 Dec. 2018 To wit: At the outset of each sailing, passengers are gifted one of Quark’s bright yellow all-weather parkas, an integral piece of the expedition wardrobe. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 At the outset of his presentation, Musk listed some of the technologies needed to make the BFR system a reality, citing the progress SpaceX has made toward their maturation. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course," 18 Sep. 2018 Since the outset of last season, Curry has cut down on his circus shots, in part to ingratiate Durant. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Kevin Durant and the Dagger That Foreshadowed the Broom," 12 June 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 \

Kids Definition of outset

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

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