Definition of outset in English:



  • [in singular] The start or beginning of something.

    ‘the project was flawed from the outset’
    • ‘Surely this is a conclusion that ought to have been obvious from the outset?’
    • ‘He acknowledges that one potential problem was not becoming a trustee himself from the outset.’
    • ‘Trapping very fast on the wide outside he had his opponents in trouble from the outset.’
    • ‘Overwhelmingly negative from the outset, the campaign has been all about being right.’
    • ‘As I said from the outset, I think this whole conception is fundamentally in error.’
    • ‘His banking background means he is careful not to overstate the possibilities from the outset.’
    • ‘He said that from the outset, bosses pledged to avoid compulsory redundancies if possible.’
    • ‘The premise is so simple, and so utterly unlike any previous Bond movie that it grips you from the outset.’
    • ‘At the outset of the war there appeared to be three scenarios facing allied forces.’
    • ‘You just know from the outset that something is going to go horribly wrong and sure enough it does, in spades.’
    • ‘At the outset, the judge had agreed to my appearance, but that was before my report was received.’
    • ‘I want my email program to be well-behaved, and reasonably secure from the outset.’
    • ‘So we realised from the outset that we needed to avoid making mistakes and needed to maintain the pressure.’
    • ‘Just how difficult it was going to be for the Irishman was evident from the outset.’
    • ‘First of all, make sure you decide from the outset how much you are willing to spend.’
    • ‘At the outset, you are led into a room stacked to the ceiling with hamster cages.’
    • ‘I didn't really like the look of this from the outset, and skipped over it, to complete it later.’
    • ‘There was only one side trying to play rugby from the outset at Percy Road.’
    • ‘From the outset, we were invited to believe that compassion and warfare would be interwoven.’
    • ‘The odds are stacked against the villains from the outset, robbing the reader of much suspense.’
    start, starting point, beginning, arrival, dawn, birth, origin, inception, conception, opening, launch, inauguration, institution, initiation, debut, creation, day one, the first
    kick-off, the word go
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