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

Definition of setout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

set out

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,, 17 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Laundrie and Petito had set out from New York state in June on a cross-country camping trip, with plans to arrive in Portland, Ore., by Oct. 31. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Armed with red roses, a San Antonio woman on Monday set out with a mission to make people smile. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Oct. 2021 With the medals in his possession, Bath set out to find Albritton — and the items have now been returned to their rightful owner, WGXA reported. Joelle Goldstein,, 4 Oct. 2021 With the newer, larger building on Wilton Drive, Cavazos set out to turn it into more than just a store. Scott Luxor,, 30 Sep. 2021 For several years, Warren and his ragtag crew of volunteers would set out with the bags of cold patch in their backpacks, filling hundreds of potholes in broad daylight. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Someone set out clip boards with permission slips near the front entrance. Jen Christensen, CNN, 26 Sep. 2021 Around five the following morning, Shah’s father set out with Shah’s wife and children. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2021 Each night your butler will set out the appropriate oil along with a card next to the moon lamp that provides a little information on the current cycle. Christina Liao, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of setout


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


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

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“Setout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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