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noun out·side \ˌau̇t-ˈsīd, ˈau̇t-ˌ\

Simple Definition of outside

  • the outside : an area around or near something (such as a building)

  • : an outer side, edge, or surface of something

Full Definition of outside

  1. 1 a :  a place or region beyond an enclosure or boundary: as (1) :  the world beyond the confines of an institution (as a prison) (2) often capitalized in Alaska :  the world beyond the territory or state of Alaska; especially :  the 48 contiguous states b :  the area farthest from a specified point of reference: as (1) :  the side of home plate farthest from the batter (2) :  the part of a playing area toward the sidelines (3) :  the part of a playing area away from the goal

  2. 2 :  an outer side or surface

  3. 3 :  an outer manifestation :  appearance

  4. 4 :  the extreme limit of a guess :  maximum <the crowd numbered 10,000 at the outside>

Examples of outside

  1. The house looks nice from the outside.

  2. <painted the outside of the house>



1502

First Known Use of outside

1502


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outside

adjective out·side

Simple Definition of outside

  • : located on or near an outer side, edge, or surface of something

  • : located in or near the area around a building and not inside it

  • : involving people who are not in the same building, group, or organization as you

Full Definition of outside

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side or surface <the outside edge> b :  of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side of a curve or turn c :  of, relating to, or being on or near the outside <an outside pitch>

  2. 2 a :  situated or performed outside a particular place b :  connected with or giving access to the outside <outside telephone line>

  3. 3 :  maximum

  4. 4 a :  not included or originating in a particular group or organization <blamed the riot on outside agitators> b :  not belonging to one's regular occupation or duties <outside interests>

  5. 5 :  barely possible :  remote <an outside chance>

  6. 6 :  made or done from the outside <borrowed a basketball and practiced his outside shot>

Examples of outside

  1. the outside edge of the foot

  2. She turned on the outside light to see what was making the noise.

  3. The phone will not let you make outside calls.

  4. The company hired an outside consultant.

  5. a businessman with few outside interests besides golf

  6. There were outside influences that affected his decision to retire early.



1634

First Known Use of outside

1634


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outside

adverb out·side

Simple Definition of outside

  • : in or to a place that is near but separate from another place

  • : in or to a place that is in the area around or near a building and not inside it

  • : on the outer side, edge, or surface of something

Full Definition of outside

  1. 1 :  on or to the outside

  2. 2 :  outdoors

Examples of outside

  1. The children love playing outside.

  2. It's nice outside, with not a cloud in the sky.

  3. He ran outside to see what the noise was about.

  4. He looked outside at the snow.

  5. The candy was hard outside but chewy inside.

  6. The car seemed in good condition outside.



1813

First Known Use of outside

1813


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outside

preposition out·side

Simple Definition of outside

  • : in a place that is near but separate from (something)

  • : beyond the limits or borders of (something)

  • : not belonging to (a group or organization)

Full Definition of outside

  1. 1 —used as a function word to indicate movement to or position on the outer side of

  2. 2 :  beyond the limits of <outside the scope of this report> <outside the law>

  3. 3 :  except

Examples of outside

  1. We waited outside the store.

  2. He kept his hands outside his pockets.

  3. There was a dog barking outside the house.

  4. She finished the race five seconds outside the record.

  5. We live outside the city.

  6. I have never traveled outside the U.S. before.

  7. No one outside the group knew of their plans.



1826

First Known Use of outside

1826



OUTSIDE Defined for Kids

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outside

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noun out·side \au̇t-ˈsīd\

Definition of outside

  1. 1 :  an outer side or surface <The outside of the house needs painting.>

  2. 2 :  the greatest amount or limit :  most <The job will take a week at the outside.>




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outside

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adjective out·side

Definition of outside

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being on the outside <the outside edge>

  2. 2 :  not belonging to a place or group <outside influences>

  3. 3 :  barely possible <an outside chance>




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outside

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adverb out·side

Definition of outside

  1. :  1outdoors <Let's play outside.>




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outside

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preposition out·side

Definition of outside

  1. 1 :  on or to the outside of <outside the door>

  2. 2 :  beyond the limits of <outside the law>





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