\ ˈbau̇t How to pronounce bout (audio) \

Definition of bout

: a spell or period of activity: such as
a : an athletic match (as of boxing) lost his bout with the champion
b : outbreak, attack a bout of pneumonia frequent bouts of depression survived her bout with cancer
c : session a drinking bout a bout of unemployment

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Examples of bout in a Sentence

undoubtedly the team's best wrestler, he hasn't lost a bout yet she's currently suffering from a bout of the flu

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At age 7, Ruiz fought his first amateur bout in San Diego. Adam Kilgore,, "Heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr., once bullied for his weight, says ‘people can relate to me’," 5 June 2019 At age 7, Ruiz fought his first amateur bout in San Diego. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz, once bullied for his weight, says ‘people can relate to me’," 5 June 2019 The incident created a national furor, with notable figures such as Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs criticizing Maloney for forcing Johnson to decide whether to have his hair cut or forfeit his bout that night against Oakcrest. Phil Anastasia,, "NJSIAA nears ruling on Buena wrestling controversy," 5 June 2019 DeReese is 7-0 as a pro (his Ultimate Fighter loss in 2016 was considered an exhibition) but last year’s fights were his first official bouts since 2015. Jay Reddick,, "Titusville’s Muhammed DeReese faces toughest MMA test on ESPN+," 4 June 2019 Wilder was coming off tough tests in his last two bouts, getting rocked by Luis Ortiz in their March 2018 fight in this arena before stopping the Cuban in the 10th round, and needing a knockdown in the final round to secure the draw with Fury. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Wilder KOs Breazeale in 1st round to defend heavyweight belt," 19 May 2019 The playing around with period yields some clever anachronistic touches, and the stylized theatricality makes up for occasional bouts of clunky camerawork. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Film / History / LGBTQ+ / On Video / Television Queer filmmaker Derek Jarman gets a Pride Month retrospective at FilmStruck," 20 June 2018 Today’s models predict another 2 and 6 degrees Celsius of warming by 2100—at least 20 times faster than past bouts of warming over the past 2 million years. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climates," 16 Apr. 2018 Investors rushed into the yen but were cooler to other assets, such as gold, during a bout of volatility in the first months of 2018. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Investors Seek Safety in Yen, Gold as Markets Swing," 6 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bout

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bout

English dialect, a trip going and returning in plowing, from Middle English bought bend

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English Language Learners Definition of bout

: a period of time during which someone suffers from something (such as an illness or disease)
: a short period of time during which something is done or happening
: a wrestling or boxing contest


\ ˈbau̇t How to pronounce bout (audio) \

Kids Definition of bout

1 : a contest of skill or strength a wrestling bout
2 : attack entry 2 sense 4, outbreak a bad bout of the flu

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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