from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To recite; to state at large.
  • intransitive v. to begin a journey or course.


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  • There is no satisfaction in dwelling upon the pitiful condition to which Baudin's people were reduced; but it is necessary to set out the facts clearly, because the visit paid by Le Geographe and Le Naturaliste to Sydney, and what the French officers did there, is of the utmost importance in relation to what happened to Flinders at a later date.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • Under the headline “2-year-old Girl Bussed by Neil,” the story began by explaining that Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins were about to set out for Buckingham Palace and an audience with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

    First Man

  • Encouraged by this observation, I resolved the next morning to set out with the first of the tide; and reposing myself for the night in my canoe, under the watch-coat I mentioned, I launched out.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • The 6th Panzer Division was to set out at 0600, its objective Hirson.

    Panzer Aces

  • Returning to Seydlitz, Hipper summoned his captains and explained the plan: they were to set out in darkness that evening, reconnoiter the Dogger Bank at daybreak, destroy any enemy light forces discovered there, and be back the following evening.

    Castles of Steel

  • My Lord Sandwich is come back into the Downes with only eight sayle, which is or may be a prey to the Dutch, if they knew our weakness and inability to set out any more speedily.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Aug/Sep 1664

  • We had arranged to be collected by Gena and his Lada jeep, ready to set out for Ortok and the walnut forests.


  • It was arranged that the first excavations should be made at Ascalon, and though Lady Hester, having only just returned from Baalbec, felt disinclined to set out at once on another long journey, the Zaym urged her to lose no time, and himself went on to Acre to make the necessary preparations.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • Ministers also agreed on the importance of WTO Trade Ministers meeting before the end of the year to conclude Doha modalities on the basis of progress reached in July, and to set out the next steps for concluding the Doha Round.

    9th Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Forum - The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • However, there are so many complications -- and so they proceed to set out all the anti-Socialist bug-a-boos.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation


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