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Please help me figure out the meaning "set out" and "laid out" in the following sentence:

"The city was abuzz, as all who were invited to the royal feast set out their clothes for the banquet and laid out the gifts for the Emperor."

I know the lexical meanings. However, I am not sure they fit in the given context.

Many thanks in advance.

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There is something odd about the sentence. If I am invited somewhere very grand I might set out my best clothes before putting them on. If it is the sort of occasion to which I take a gift then I would lay out the gift after I arrive, when the gift is presented.

To put both activites in the same sentence therefore seems strange.

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  • Your answer is very helpful. You wrote: "If I am invited somewhere very grand I might set out my best clothes before putting them on." Could you please explain the words "set out" in the sentence above?
    – curious
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 10:23
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    I take the clothes from the wardrobe and put them on my bed to make sure that they are clean and properly pressed that no buttons are missing etc. I would call that 'setting out' my clothes.
    – JeremyC
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 10:35

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