\ 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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The key for any investor is to recognize that there will be short-term bouts of volatility. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Why people should not get too worked up about recession fears," 28 Aug. 2019 There won’t be too many bouts between CFISD teams the first two weeks of non-district play; just one game in week one and another in week two. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "All-CFISD affair pins Cy Woods against newly-led Cy Ridge," 23 Aug. 2019 One of the most anticipated matches is a non-title bout, though. Dan Gartland,, "SummerSlam 2019: Match Card, Start Time, Predictions and More," 11 Aug. 2019 The incident is the latest bout of tech trouble to hit the airline. Washington Post, "British Airways computer problem strands 20,000," 7 Aug. 2019 That wasn’t a bout that’s likely the raise the stock of either competitor. Todd Martin,, "UFC 239: Jon Jones defeats Thiago Santos; Nunes stops Holm," 6 July 2019 Lomachenko’s next fight was supposed to be a title unification bout with Ghana’s Richard Commey, who holds one of the two remaining lightweight belts that Lomachenko covets. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Lomachenko goes Hollywood for title clash with Crolla," 11 Apr. 2019 Unfortunately, sometimes the situation in question is a nasty bout of foodborne illness. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 While there was still a bout of Chanel signatures like tweeds and suiting, they were styled with gold opaque tights and matching gold boots. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "6 Things to Know From Chanel's First New York Show in Over a Decade," 5 Dec. 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


\ 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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