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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Have an emergency plan already in place before setting out. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Avalanche safety tips and preparation," 5 Aug. 2019 In setting out his reasons why the government needs to know how many noncitizens live where, Trump fired the first shot in what could be a huge political fight in some states two years from now. David Lauter,, "As Trump retreats on census, outlines of next battle come into focus," 12 July 2019 The firm did not set out to offend China, the employee believes. The Economist, "China’s thin-skinned online nationalists want to be both loved and feared by the West," 22 Aug. 2019 Police say the man had set out to find help with both of his dogs, but the second dog had at some point run back to the Jeep., "Elderly man collapses after stranding Jeep in remote Oregon canyon, is rescued 4 days later by good Samaritan," 24 July 2019 The deep-sea explorer who discovered the Titanic will set out next month on a mission to solve the disappearance of famous aviator Amelia Earhart. Fox News, "Explorer who discovered Titanic wants to learn Amelia Earhart's fate," 24 July 2019 Since Pence announced in March that the U.S. would set out to get astronauts on the moon by 2024 instead of 2028, as originally planned, the space agency has been working to accelerate the path to the lunar surface. Chabeli Herrera,, "Vice President Pence looks to NASA’s future as he honors Apollo 11 crew," 20 July 2019 That’s what Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods set out to offer. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Sotheby’s first sneaker auction is “100 of the rarest sneakers ever produced”," 11 July 2019 Some candidates’ memoirs tell stories of humble beginnings and of obstacles overcome; some describe searches for identity; some earnestly set out detailed policy agendas. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?," 1 July 2019

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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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