setout

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

Definition of setout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

set out

verb

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

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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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Chalupa looked into Manafort’s role as an adviser to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych — who wanted to cut ties with the European Union and become more closely aligned with Russia — and set out to sound the alarm. Murray Waas, Vox, "Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 The Enquirer set out to gather damaging information about the 70-year-old, who is known for aerobic instruction and promoting weight-loss programs, people familiar with the matter said. Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "From Bezos to Dr. Phil, the Enquirer Turns to Bare Knuckle Tactics," 15 Feb. 2019 There's a big market for low-speed services Cameron says that his team set out to find a business model that allowed them to operate at low speeds while still serving a large market. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018 The duo, former smokers who met as graduate students at Stanford University, set out to create an alternative to cigarettes. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul’s Instant Millionaires: How $2 Billion From Altria Is Being Divvied Up," 21 Dec. 2018 But remember: These TSA agents are just doing their job, and enforcing policies set out by the U.S. government. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rules For Flying to Follow So You Don't Get Kicked Off Your Flight," 19 Dec. 2018 Planting Grow horseradish from plants or root cuttings set out in spring or fall. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 But as our special report sets out, his changes come with more authoritarianism at home, and recklessness abroad. The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018 Since joining the administration, Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump have complied with the rules and restrictions as set out by the Office of Government Ethics. Alix Langone, Fortune, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Made $82 Million While Working in The White House Last Year," 12 June 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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