[ set-out ]

  1. preparations, especially for beginning a journey.

  2. start or outset.

  1. things set or laid out for use or display, as food on a table.

  2. getup or outfit.

  3. an entertaining event.

Origin of setout

First recorded in 1800–10; noun use of verb phrase set out

Words Nearby setout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use setout in a sentence

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

    Anabasis | Xenophon

British Dictionary definitions for set out

set out

verb(adverb, mainly tr)
  1. to present, arrange, or display: he set the flowers out in the vase

  2. to give a full account of; explain exactly: he set out the matter in full

  1. to plan or lay out (a garden, etc)

  2. (intr) to begin or embark on an undertaking, esp a journey

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Other Idioms and Phrases with setout


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

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