set out
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to arrange and present graphically or systematically b. to mark out (as a design) ; lay out the plan of 2. to state, describe, or recite at length <
distributed copies of a pamphlet setting out his ideas in full — S. F. Mason
3. to begin with a definite purpose ; intend, undertake intransitive verb to start out on a course, a journey, or a career <
set out across the country

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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