Definition of map something out in US English:

map something out

phrasal verb

  • Plan a route or course of action in detail.

    ‘I mapped out a route over familiar country near home’
    • ‘I could map it out more thoroughly, but eh, what do you expect for free?’
    • ‘Today, having mapped it out, I'm not following that pattern.’
    • ‘Details for the resolution will be mapped out by high-ranking officials of the two countries, he added.’
    • ‘I like to know in advance what the day will consist of, so I can map it out in my mind.’
    • ‘A number of concrete measures were mapped out, he said after a tete-a-tete with the director of the Russian border service.’
    • ‘The sequences of these three episodes were very interesting because three entirely different strategies were mapped out for each day.’
    • ‘He explained: ‘It's not that we've just got the one way of playing, but if we do change we really do know what we're doing because it has been mapped out beforehand.’’
    • ‘Even if, at the time, I was not exactly the happiest person in the world to see him, the day that he came after me was the day that the rest of my life was mapped out.’
    • ‘Having previously recorded on location, he knew what was required and had mapped things out in detail beforehand.’
    • ‘And I realized that, with my lifestyle, where I come from, my culture, in a sense my whole life was mapped out for me,’ she says, struggling to find the words to explain.’
    • ‘A series of policies will be mapped out soon to develop private medical institutions.’
    • ‘So they can actually map these things out and get a pretty good sense of exactly what they're going to do on this model before they actually do it in real life.’
    • ‘At a recent California conference, organised by the ATM Forum, strategies were mapped out for the development of standards for delivering streaming media and the like more reliably over existing carrier infrastructures.’
    • ‘In my view there is a God out there and our lives are mapped out for us.’
    • ‘Previously, the dirt and turf courses were mapped out in detail while receiving devices were installed that would track the transmitter.’
    • ‘An analysis was made of the moral and psychological state of the servicemen and their family members, the existing social and housing problems were revealed and ways were mapped out of dealing with them.’
    • ‘The event was briefed, and every contingency was mapped out.’
    • ‘If we uncover the road, we will have to map it out and give the details to the county archaeologist.’
    • ‘In 2002 when perpetual roadblocks became a thorn in the flesh of Lusaka bus drivers, a strategy was mapped out in Chawama to end the problem.’
    • ‘Then a route was mapped out to take in as many different species and articles of interest as possible.’
    outline, set out, lay out, sketch out, trace out, rough out, block out, delineate, detail, draw up
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