AskDefine | Define outset

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outset n : the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her" [syn: beginning, commencement, first, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset] [ant: middle, end]

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  • /ˈaʊtsɛt/


  1. the beginning or initial stage of something
    He agreed and understood from the outset, so don't bother explaining again.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

A, alpha, beginning, birth, blast-off, commencement, creation, cutting edge, dawn, dawning, edge, establishment, first, flying start, foundation, fresh start, inauguration, inception, institution, jump-off, kick-off, leading edge, new departure, oncoming, onset, opening, origin, origination, outbreak, outsetting, outstart, running start, send-off, setoff, setout, setting in motion, setting-up, square one, start, start-off, starting, starting point, take-off, takeoff
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