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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Recent Examples on the Web Outreach officials have said their ability to get people off the street hinges on the availability of beds in shelters and hotel rooms, which the city and county rented for homeless people at the outset of the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 At the outset of this season, Molina-Diaz replaced Gloire Amanda, last year’s national player of the year. oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 In fact, in March 2020, at the outset of the pandemic, then President Trump saw his approval ratings rise as Americans rallied around him in the face of a crisis. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 28 Nov. 2021 One of the earliest episodes came during the British siege of Boston at the outset of the Revolutionary War. Bloomberg, Arkansas Online, 21 Nov. 2021 Apparently, at the outset of the discussion, Xi used a friendly idiom to describe the U.S. president. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 20 Nov. 2021 At the outset of the window, Mexico led the group on an undefeated record but now finds itself in unenviable territory having taken nothing from its matches in Cincinnati and Edmonton. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 17 Nov. 2021 But Miller was sidelined by a left hamstring injury at the outset of training camp, which basically allowed Matthews to claim the job heading into the Sept. 9 opener at the Baltimore Ravens — the reigning Super Bowl champions. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 14 Nov. 2021 According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the average annual value is $34.1 million thanks to a $21 million signing bonus which was paid to Lindor at the outset of the 2021 season. Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of outset

1759, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2021

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“Outset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outset. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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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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