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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The capsule collection sets out to revive the brand's original style with twelve new silhouettes in updated designs that were inspired by past prints. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Coco Shop's Debut Collection Is the Only Thing You'll Need for Your Next Vacation," 9 Apr. 2019 Decades ago, shortly after a major storm blew threw the region, the Frenchman and his friends set out to explore seaside caves accessible only at low tide. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 For his one-bedroom in Manhattan’s East Village, Stark set out to design a space that would reflect his personality while showcasing fabrics, rugs, and wallcoverings from his family’s portfolio. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Urban Cowboy Meets Old World New York in a Textile Heir's Apartment," 25 Feb. 2019 Amid this awards-season angst, The Wall Street Journal set out to calculate precisely why the Oscars are so long. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Why Are the Oscars So Long? (Hint: 24 Minutes of Walking)," 21 Feb. 2019 After moving back to Washington with Emil, Joan, a third-generation nurse, again set out to work with low-income mothers. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 With the environment in mind, Indiana homeowners Kelsey and Tyler Johnston set out to build a house that sits lightly on its 8.5 acres, and incorporated as much green design tech (think: energy recovery ventilation systems) as possible. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Alexander set out for a public life from an early age. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 The couple then set out to plan a multi-day celebration in Jodhpur, India–packed with celebrity guests, multiple outfit changes, a palace venue, and much, much more. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas' Wedding: Everything You Need to Know," 4 Dec. 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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