[ out-set ]
/ ˈaʊtˌsɛt /


the beginning or start: I wanted to explain the situation at the outset.

Origin of outset

First recorded in 1530–40; out- + set
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British Dictionary definitions for outset


/ (ˈaʊtˌsɛt) /


a start; beginning (esp in the phrase from (or at) the outset)
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Word Origin and History for outset



"act of setting out on a journey, business, etc." 1759, from out + set (v.). The earlier word for this was outsetting (1670s).

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Idioms and Phrases with outset


see at the outset.

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