\ 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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In bouts of desperation, Ronaldo fired again and again from outside the box. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "For Portugal, It’s All About Ronaldo in Loss to Uruguay in the World Cup," 30 June 2018 Former champion Junior dos Santos takes on Blagoy Ivanov in a heavyweight bout main event. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 Shields will be the warrior Friday night in a world middleweight championship bout against Hanna Gabriels at Detroit's Masonic Temple. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Flint boxer Claressa Shields sports 'Black Panther'-inspired ring gear," 22 June 2018 Jacobs has raised $26,639 as of the current filing period, and is certainly the favorite in this bout. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "She's been cursed at, rained on. Can she become the first Muslim in the state House?," 11 June 2018 Hernandez and Kanalas will face off in a 12-round bout as the main event of Superbox Live, a card that features six fights. Taylor Eldridge, charlotteobserver, "Weigh-in scuffle adds to the motivation for Nico Hernandez's world-title shot | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018 These aren’t your average short bouts of wit or flowery navel gazing that clutter social media. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018 How much are people willing to spend to cut a day or so off of a bout of flu? Helen Branswell, STAT, "A flu drug — shown to reduce the duration of symptoms — could upend treatment in U.S.," 27 June 2018 New Hampshire is among the majority of states that don't require training for a bout. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 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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