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outset

[out-set]
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noun
  1. the beginning or start: I wanted to explain the situation at the outset.
  2. outsert.
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Origin of outset

First recorded in 1530–40; out- + set
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Related Words for outset

beginning, commencement, origin, start, dawn, rise, source, birth, dawning, primordium

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Contemporary Examples of outset

Historical Examples of outset

  • But from the outset the plan was received with universal favor.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Just at the outset, the act of seeing made not the least impression on her numbed brain.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • His instinct of sympathy with which he had greeted her at the outset was repelled, and made of no avail.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He was vastly astonished at the outset and not quite pleased.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Yet, at the outset, he could not be sure that she still lived.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for outset

outset

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

n.

"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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with outset

outset

see at the outset.

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