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

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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,, 17 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These companies’ investors didn’t set out to bankroll our decadence. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Rosette Muhoza did not set out to become the public face of Rwanda’s new wave of green pioneers. David Vetter, Forbes, 27 May 2021 However, that might be difficult since the law doesn’t set out any penalties for anyone who violates it. al, 21 May 2021 The sales and marketing manager and co-owner of Sunshine Placement Services, which helps place senior adults with living facilities and care services, didn’t set out to write a book. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2021 Rober, who is a mechanical engineer, didn't set out to forge a career as a YouTube star. Brett Molina, USA Today, 13 May 2021 Imperfecto doesn’t set out to be flawless, and it’s not. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 Few know that Brune didn't set out to be a tennis pro. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2021 Griesel didn’t set out to be a model and age activist with a large, supportive Instagram following. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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