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,, "WW #98: A dark comic comfort in unsure political times," 17 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Prince Phillip sets out to find and save her, sword and shield at the ready, Maleficent transforms into a monstrous dragon with breath of fire. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Sleeping Beauty," 12 Nov. 2019 Rockets roared to life on August 3, 2004, as an intrepid spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral and set out to uncover mysteries about the Solar System’s smallest planet: Mercury. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Small Yet Mighty Mercury Still Holds Many Mysteries," 9 Nov. 2019 As in the workplace, many schools target the way females should act and dress, for example setting out strict guidelines on hair length, underwear color, and skirt length. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "“It gives a cold impression”: Why Japanese companies ban female staff from wearing glasses," 7 Nov. 2019 The United Nations will soon set out procedural details for what happens next, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said. Phil Davis,, "Maryland Gov. Hogan joins coalition opposing Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement on climate change," 4 Nov. 2019 When the pair set out to create Taza, they were committed to offering an authentic Ayurveda experience, which to Viswanathan and Engel meant meeting with the pioneering experts in the field. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Meet Taza, the New Ayurvedic Beauty Brand Focusing on Skin Care and Gut Health," 25 Oct. 2019 When Namwali Serpell set out to write her debut novel, The Old Drift, a multi-generational magical realist epic tracing the history of Zambia through a cast of itinerant characters, the 38-year-old author understood well the effects of movement. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Author Namwali Serpell Gets Her Best Ideas on Planes and Trains," 21 Oct. 2019 Moneyline: The Red Sox is the play at -139 with the better of the two bullpens on what’s set out to be a reliever day for both sides. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays odds, picks and betting tips," 11 Sep. 2019 When Polo set out on his journey, there would still have been many survivors of the Mongol invasions. National Geographic, "Marco Polo's odyssey spawned one of the world's first best sellers," 10 Sep. 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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