Onset vs. Outset

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  • Onset (noun)

    A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.

  • Onset (noun)

    The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.

    “the onset of schizophrenia”

  • Onset (noun)

    The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.




  • Onset (noun)

    The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.

  • Onset (noun)

    A setting about; a beginning.


    “the onset of puberty”

  • Onset (noun)

    Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage.

  • Onset (verb)

    To assault; to set upon.

  • Onset (verb)

    To set about; to begin.

  • Outset (noun)

    the beginning or initial stage of something

    “He agreed and understood from the outset, so don’t bother explaining again.”

  • Outset (verb)

    To cause (a design element) to extend around the outside of something else, the opposite of being inset.

  • Onset (noun)

    the beginning of something, especially something unpleasant

    “the onset of winter”

    “early-onset Alzheimer’s disease”

  • Onset (noun)

    a military attack.

  • Outset (noun)

    the start or beginning of something

    “the project was flawed from the outset”

Oxford Dictionary

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