\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Fury was hoping to fight Anthony Joshua in a bout expected to generate well over $100 million. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021 One thing for certain is that Fury will punch and clinch with authority in this third bout. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 McLaren’s report includes witness testimony of discussions at the 2016 Olympics over a bribe of up to $250,000 for a Mongolian boxer to beat a fighter from France in a semifinal bout. NBC News, 1 Oct. 2021 Diaz stopped Lawler in that bout for one of his most memorable victories. Greg Beacham, ajc, 26 Sep. 2021 Nick Diaz faces Robbie Lawler in a welterweight bout on the pay-per-view card of UFC 266. Trent Reinsmith, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The latest Verzuz showdown had New York City rap titans Fat Joe and Ja Rule squaring off in a 20-song bout inside Hulu Theater Tuesday night (Sept. 14). Mark Elibert, Billboard, 15 Sep. 2021 Holyfield, who will be 59 years old in October, has not fought in a professional bout since 2011. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 His opponent in the five-round bout was Fabian Lopez, an art acquisition specialist and photographer. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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12 Oct 2021

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“Bout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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