outset

noun
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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Chip Kelly has a better feel for the personnel, the personnel has a better feel for Chip Kelly, and all the returning starters on the lines of scrimmage — and at quarterback — should elevate the level of play at the outset. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "UCLA preview: Major progress under Chip Kelly in Year Two as brutal schedule awaits," 23 Aug. 2019 Chip Kelly has a better feel for the personnel, the personnel has a better feel for Chip Kelly, and all the returning starters on the lines of scrimmage — and at quarterback — should elevate the level of play at the outset. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 football previews: Chip Kelly rebuild at UCLA takes hold amid brutal schedule," 23 Aug. 2019 Alejandra Benavides, 75, was also uncommitted at the outset but gushed about Warren’s speaking style. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, "Elizabeth Warren talks plans and pennies at Los Angeles town hall," 21 Aug. 2019 The offense had its moments, particularly at the outset. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State defense holds its own and perhaps wins Saturday’s scrimmage: Day 15 recap," 17 Aug. 2019 At the outset, TVG suffered a bit of an identity crisis. Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Horse racing’s TVG talent marvels at reaching 20th birthday," 9 Aug. 2019 At the outset, the show’s premise was straightforward, if sensational. Matthew De Silva, Quartzy, "“Designated Survivor” was the political drama conservatives needed to watch," 8 Aug. 2019 At the outset, many parents marched with their children. The Economist, "Hong Kong remains crucially important to mainland China," 8 Aug. 2019 At the outset, there appears no standout title contender for this season’s Championship, rather a cluster of sides bunched together, many of whom seem to be proverbially on the brink of promotion. SI.com, "Football League: Preview of the 2019/20 Championship, League One & League Two Season," 2 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce outset (audio) \

Kids Definition of outset

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

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