set·out | \ˈset-ˌau̇t \

Definition of setout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

set 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


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


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

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Despite setting out on his Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour in May, Paul Simon isn't done quite yet. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Paul Simon Revisits Earlier Songs for 'In the Blue Light' Album, Due in September," 12 July 2018 In mid-August set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts transplants, and in late August sow beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce and other leaf and root crops. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Families set out camping chairs in the shade of tall trees, sat on the curb or gathered on porches to watch the cavalcade. Cortlynn Stark, Hana Muslic, Katie Bernard And Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "From Prairie Village to Parkville, KC area celebrates the Fourth," 4 July 2018 In the past five years, Huss, along with his wife, Leah, set out to build a brewing legacy. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "16 Arizona distillers, brewers, bartenders and others helping us drink smarter," 3 July 2018 In his television appearance, Mr. Bolton set out a schedule that intelligence officials have already warned is unrealistic. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "As Bolton Says North Korea Could Disarm in a Year, Reality Lags Promises," 1 July 2018 In the Muslim-ban case, Trump v. Hawaii, Trump set out to ban Muslim families, and the highest level of our judiciary just allowed it to happen, empowering this president and future administrations to discriminate on the basis of religion. Dawud Walid, The Root, "Muslim Travel Ban? There Has Never Been an America Without Islam or Muslims," 27 June 2018 So in preparation for New York City’s Pride parade on Sunday, the two set out to score some outfits, first hitting up American Vintage, a cornucopia of yesteryear designer finds. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Watch Hennessy Carolina and Her Girlfriend, Michelle Diaz, Shop for Pride," 22 June 2018 In October of 1922, Einstein and his wife, Elsa Einstein, set out on a five-and-a-half-month tour of the Far East and Middle East. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Einstein’s Travel Diaries Reveal His Deeply Troubling Views on Race," 18 June 2018

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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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