setout

noun
set·​out | \ ˈset-ˌau̇t How to pronounce setout (audio) \

Definition of setout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

set out

verb
set out; setting out; sets out

Definition of set out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to arrange and present graphically or systematically
b : to mark out (something, such as a design) : lay out the plan of
2 : to state, describe, or recite at length distributed copies of a pamphlet setting out his ideas in full— S. F. Mason
3 : to begin with a definite purpose : intend, undertake

intransitive verb

: to start out on a course, a journey, or a career set out across the country

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Examples of setout in a Sentence

Noun

the setout of the stations at the polling place was a little confusing

Verb

in his inaugural address, the president set out his vision for the nation over the next four years

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And yeah, there’s some seriousness here (Lou’s would-be squeeze has apparently been kidnapped by an abusive ex), but the overall tone is light and playful, especially as Lou and his friend setout to become detectives. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "WW #98: A dark comic comfort in unsure political times," 17 Apr. 2018

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Microsoft set out to revamp search within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, separating the traditional search box from the Cortana digital assistant. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Build 18894 fixes a big problem with the May 2019 Update," 9 May 2019 These small moons were not discovered by a spacecraft, but rather by powerful telescopes on Earth—and by a team, led by Carnegie Institution for Science astronomer Scott Sheppard, that didn't even set out to look for them. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "12 New Moons of Jupiter Discovered," 17 July 2018 When a young hero sets out on a journey, the reader settles in for a story of the ample, meandering kind. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Parisian’ Review: A Franco-Palestinian Education," 12 Apr. 2019 When the company set out to hire someone on the West Coast, Radziwill mentioned the position to Maria Shriver, who mentioned it to Wanda McDaniel, a society reporter who had been a bridesmaid at Shriver's wedding to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Lee Radziwill Become the Ultimate Fashion Muse," 19 Feb. 2019 There was the smiling, bustling lady at the fer stand in the night food market, setting out your plate of lettuce and bundles of mint and basil for steeping in your broth. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Only after the migrant caravan set out toward the United States did President Trump threaten to stop approving foreign aid to Honduras. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 When the parade of boats loaded with crews sets out from the Black River for Lake Huron on Saturday for the start of the race, they'll be loaded with provisions to keep crews happy and nourished. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How 5 Port Huron-to-Mackinac racers feed sailboat crews," 13 July 2018 My First: Rattlesnake Bite When Kyle Dickman set out on a monthlong road trip with his wife and infant son last spring, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his entire life. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of setout

Noun

circa 1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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