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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 Cintia Cabib set out to produce a documentary on a single Washington artist. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Niece celebrates aunt in documentary profiling 2 D.C. artists," 6 July 2020 Based on such data and anecdotal reports, Isaac Solomon, a neuropathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, set out to systematically investigate where the virus might be embedding itself in the brain. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus autopsies: A story of 38 brains, 87 lungs and 42 hearts," 1 July 2020 Matus and her colleagues originally set out to scour sewers for chemical signatures of drug use. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, "To Spot Future Coronavirus Flare-Ups, Search the Sewers," 30 June 2020 The Stanford team set out to simplify both processes. Eric Roston,, "Wildfires Are Taking an Unexpectedly Huge Toll on America’s Lungs," 30 June 2020 Rover had set out to match the success of the Jeep Wagoneer and Ford Bronco with a luxury bent. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Cars of All Time: The Seventies," 30 June 2020 Touching your face is a difficult habit to break, so NASA set out to invent a solution. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: NASA invented a wearable that reminds you not to touch your face," 29 June 2020 The Story of Fire Saga filmmakers set out to include some very catchy, very over-the-top songs. Lia Beck,, "It’s Really Rachel McAdams Singing In Netflix’s Eurovision — But There’s A Catch," 29 June 2020 In 1993, Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson set out to find the secret to turning a typical teen into a violin virtuoso. Popular Science, "Ten-thousand hours of practice isn’t enough to make you a star," 27 June 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 13 Jul. 2020.

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