\ ˈbau̇t \

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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Trump administration officials have also expressed worry about automated traders exacerbating recent bouts of volatility, signaling regulators could be asked to renew studying the issue. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Machine Trading Needs More Oversight, Departing SEC Official Says," 21 Dec. 2018 Since opening in Boston in 2005, Toro has managed to survive the recession, bouts of critical press, and other countless challenges to emerge victoriously as one of Boston's great culinary treasures. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Tens of thousands more tuned in for the pay-per-view event, which featured 10 bouts, including four heavyweight fights in a tournament format., "Legal Bare-knuckle Fighting Makes Bloody Debut in Wyoming," 3 June 2018 The Brewcity Bruisers host the final bout of the home season on Saturday starting with the Maiden Milwaukee against Shevil Knevils and followed by the Crazy Eights duking it out with the Rushin’ Rollettes. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Flowers are nice but why not dedicate a weekend of movies, Roller Derby and beer to Mom?," 10 May 2018 After recovering from chemotherapy at his Mercer Island home following his prior bout with the disease, Allen stepped up his involvement with his Vulcan. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Paul Allen being treated for cancer again: ‘I plan on fighting this aggressively’," 2 Oct. 2018 By default, Ajagba, of Nigeria, won his first heavyweight bout. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Boxer Curtis Harper walks out of ring in protest after opening bell," 27 Aug. 2018 Debbie, in addition to channelling some of her anger into her bouts as Liberty Belle, redirects her energy toward her professional ambitions, negotiating a raise and a promotion to producer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 Pacquiao said during the press conference that officially announced his bout against Matthysse. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018

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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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The first known use of bout was in 1575

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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


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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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