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setout

[ set-out ]
/ ˈsɛtˌaʊt /
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noun Informal.
preparations, especially for beginning a journey.
start or outset.
things set or laid out for use or display, as food on a table.
getup or outfit.
an entertaining event.
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Origin of setout

First recorded in 1800–10; noun use of verb phrase set out
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How to use setout in a sentence

  • As soon as the victims proved favourable they all setout, the Arcadians following with the rest.

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British Dictionary definitions for setout

set out

verb (adverb, mainly tr)
to present, arrange, or displayhe set the flowers out in the vase
to give a full account of; explain exactlyhe set out the matter in full
to plan or lay out (a garden, etc)
(intr) to begin or embark on an undertaking, esp a journey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with setout

set out

1

Begin an earnest attempt, as in He set out to prove his point, or We accomplished what we set out to do. [Late 1800s]

2

Lay out systematically, as in She set out all the reports in chronological order. [Second half of 1500s]

3

Display for exhibition or sale, as in The Japanese restaurant set out samples of all the different kinds of sushi. [c. 1300]

4

Plant, as in It was time to set out the seedlings. [Early 1800s]

5

Begin a journey, as in They set out at dawn. [Late 1500s]

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