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set (something) out

1. To organize, present, or lay out something. Please set out the details of your proposal in an email. At the conference, the new president set out her plan for reducing the carbon footprint of the country.
2. To display or present something. We're having the students set out their dioramas in the main hallway for parents to see. The merchant set his wares out in the street market.
3. To present or prepare a serving of food for someone to eat. Will I set out a bowl of stew for you? I'll set out a piece of pie for Jim to eat when he gets back from work.
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set out (for some place)

To depart for or begin traveling (to some place). Have an amazing time in Japan! When do you set out? I'm setting out for New York tomorrow to attend a business meeting.
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set out to (do something)

To begin to do something with a specific goal or intention. We set out to create the most elegant and user-friendly smartphone ever made, and I think we did it.
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set something out (for someone or something)

to remove something and place it so that it is available for someone or some purpose. I set a piece of cake out for you to eat whenever you get home. Liz set out some cake for Karen.
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set out (on something)

to begin a journey; to begin a project. We set out on our trip exactly as planned. We set out at noon.
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set out

(for some place) (from some place) to leave from some place on a journey for some place. We set out for home from the cabin on the very next morning. We set out from the cabin at dawn.
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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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set out

v.
1. To start a journey: She set out at dawn for town.
2. To begin an earnest attempt to do something; undertake something: Four years ago, we set out to reform the government, and since then, we have accomplished much.
3. To make something explicit, especially an idea or plan: In her speech, she set out a plan for her second term in office. He set his ideas out in a detailed report.
4. To display something for exhibition or sale: The vendor set out a large display of fruit and vegetables. The children set a pumpkin out for Halloween.
5. To plant something: They set out seeds last year, and now the field is full of flowers. We should set some tulip bulbs out this fall.
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6) Kayakers prepare to set out from Descanso Beach on Catalina Island.
Right after an alfresco dinner and a campfire program, we set out on a spooky after-dark walk to the den of the Sumatra tiger - a behind-the-scenes peek not afforded to other park visitors.
Improving Health in Wales set out our vision and intentions for reform over the next 10 years.
Jointly developed by the Welsh Government, BMA Cymru Wales, NHS employers and the Welsh Deanery, the charter set outs the rights and responsibilities of Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors and dentists and their employers.
The new animal health and welfare strategy set outs how we will do this over the coming months and years.
The plan set outs how the Welsh Government will ensure equality of access to maternity services and protect the welfare of unaccompanied children seeking asylum.