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

Definition of setout

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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,, "WW #98: A dark comic comfort in unsure political times," 17 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With the Prussians in Egypt and Napoleon’s nephew Louis-Napoleon on his way to the throne in Paris, in 1850 Auguste Mariette of the Louvre set out to discover the Serapeum, the monument to the god Serapis. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A World Beneath the Sands’ Review: Pyramid Fever," 23 Oct. 2020 Inspired by these coffee connoisseurs, Mendoza set out on a mission to create and serve the best Latin-blend coffees with their own unique spices and flavors to stand out from other coffee blends. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Meet the East End barista changing the landscape of coffee one cold brew at a time," 23 Oct. 2020 At four metro Phoenix cafes, owners set out traditional ofrendas, or altars with photos and mementos of those who have passed each year. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "After 'so much loss this year,' Phoenix cafe owners say community ofrendas are a 'must'," 22 Oct. 2020 Henson set out to build a slate that limited travel, with two flights projected for the nonconference season. Greg Luca,, "UTSA basketball holds first practices on march toward uncertain, ‘unfair’ season," 22 Oct. 2020 On Thursday, Greece set out plans for a night-time curfew in Athens and Thessaloniki, the second-largest city. Rudy Ruitenberg,, "France’s New Case Numbers Top 40,000 as Curfews to Be Widened," 22 Oct. 2020 Launched by Spanish-Irish chef James Gomez Thompson and Lebanese news producer Nour Matraji almost two years ago, the Great Oven initiative set out to help reintegrate former fighters and young militants in the northern city of Tripoli. Ben Barkawi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Community oven fights poverty, division in Beirut, with hot meals," 20 Oct. 2020 Several Senate Republicans set out on the war path against the platforms and called for Twitter’s CEO to be subpoenaed. Jessica Melugin, National Review, "Beware the Regulatory Crackdown on Big Tech," 20 Oct. 2020 Napoleon set out to loot the world for the benefit of the museum. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020

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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 30 Oct. 2020.

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