\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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Remigino, 87, died Wednesday in his Newington home after a two-year bout with pancreatic cancer. Staff Report,, "U.S. Olympic Team, USA Track And Field Honor Lindy Remigino On Social Media," 13 July 2018 Senzel, who returned May 30 after a bout with vertigo, has a four-game hitting streak. John Fay,, "DeSclafani will debut for the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday," 3 June 2018 Notably, Kaesong closed a few months later after another bout of tension on the peninsula. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The brief history of North Korea’s time zone," 4 May 2018 Gajan passed away in April 2016 after a bout with a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma. Andrew Lopez,, "A look at every LSU player the New Orleans Saints have ever drafted," 29 Apr. 2018 After a bout of hostility during the 2016 Republican primary, in which both men ran, Trump and Paul have developed a legitimate friendship, according to individuals familiar with it. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Does Rand Paul's Playbook Work?," 25 Apr. 2018 The more plausible explanation is that Indian growth has returned to trend after a bout of political meddling. The Economist, "India’s economy is back on track. Can it pick up speed?," 28 Mar. 2018 Auburn closer Cody Greenhill inching closer to return to bullpen after bout with mononucleosis Bullpen help could soon be on the way for No. Creg Stephenson,, "Johnny Manziel to participate in Texas A&M Pro Day on Tuesday," 26 Mar. 2018 And my girlfriend wasn’t thrilled when her character unexpectedly croaked after a single bout of exhaustion. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Oregon Trail handheld game is a really fun nostalgia gadget," 24 Mar. 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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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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