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

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: Verb Selena Gomez recently wore a Louis Vuitton pajama set out in Paris while promoting Rare Beauty in Europe. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 28 July 2022 That’s the question Borg and his colleagues set out to answer. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 22 July 2022 This month a group of volunteers working under a Rhode Island nonprofit organization set out to try to find her. Globe Staff,, 19 July 2022 The episode featuring Chad and Cate Battles follows the couple as they -- and Frankie -- set out from their Grants Pass home for a trip around the West in their Airstream. oregonlive, 14 July 2022 Ten days later, on October 5, the three remaining groups set out across Germany as though on an ordinary school outing. Deborah Cadbury, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 The two set out for more adventures, not knowing Zeus has tasked Hercules (new MCU addition Brett Goldstein) with getting revenge on Thor. Zack Sharf, Variety, 11 July 2022 Rent isn’t set out of greed but because of response to market forces, and when a resident and housing provider agree on a price and terms, the agreement is enforceable and should not be encroached upon for political reasons by local governments. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Beside these, beach towels, umbrellas and loungers can be set out for a day of sunning and soaking. Jeanine Barone, CNN, 26 May 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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