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I came across the phrase in this passage of an article on The Hollywood Walk of Fame:

Having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a huge honor. Specific requirements are laid out for those actors, musicians, directors, producers and others who earn a spot on the walk.

This is the definition of lay out from OALD :

3 to present a plan, an argument, etc. clearly and carefully

But what does present mean in this definition? Does it mean: to show or offer something for other people to look at or consider? or to show or describe something/somebody in a particular way?

  • It can also mean to make a detailed plan, which is the case here. It simply means that such (detailed) requirements exist. – Ingmar Dec 8 '13 at 19:07
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Present, in this case, is your first definition: to show or offer something for other people to look at or consider

In this case, though, I think the best definition of laid out is a combination of:

lay out : (transitive) to concoct; think up

and your: 3 to present a plan

In other words the requirements that an actor or actress must meet in order to earn a spot on "The Walk" were thought up by someone (or some group) and presented to the world.

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