\ 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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McGregor also was suspended from MMA competition for six months and fined $50,000 for his role in a brawl instigated by Nurmagomedov immediately after their bout last October. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Conor McGregor announces retirement on social media," 26 Mar. 2019 Those seven eye operations dug Ray a $100,000 hole his meager bouts could never lift him out of. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "He’s nearly blind. He’s flat broke. But he carries Olympic gold in his pocket.," 11 Apr. 2018 Earlier, Lamont’s brother Anthony (37-1-1) fought former IBF 130-pound title holder Argenis Mendez (25-5-2) to a split draw in a 10-round bout at 140 pounds. Ian Quillen, The Seattle Times, "Peterson calls it quits after Lipinets wins via TKO," 24 Mar. 2019 In the theater, partygoers erupted in bouts of laughter at the on-screen comedic chemistry between the father-son duo. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Alexander Skarsgård, Chris Rock, and Sam Rockwell Brave the Heat for the New York City Premiere of An Actor Prepares," 30 Aug. 2018 Smart gloves are best suited for brief bouts of outdoor typing, not whole afternoons spent on the bleachers watching football while trying to keep up with a group chat. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "We Tried 50 Texting Gloves. Here are the Best Pairs," 12 Feb. 2019 After the retrieval, Mehl went through four rounds of chemotherapy, daily bouts of radiation, and a lumpectomy. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018 Today, after what appears to have been an extended bout of ill health, the Queen has passed away at age 76, the Associated Press confirms. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Aretha Franklin Leaves Behind an Enduring Legacy—and a Massive Fortune," 16 Aug. 2018 Her diagnosis in 2017 marked her third bout with cancer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Olivia Newton-John Address Death Rumors in Heartbreaking New Video," 3 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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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