lock·​out | \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lockout (audio) \

Definition of lockout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the withholding of employment by an employer and the whole or partial closing of the business establishment in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

lock out

locked out; locking out; locks out

Definition of lock out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject (a body of employees) to a lockout

Examples of lockout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lockouts, when the NBA came back with two-week training camps, offer some indications. Jonathan Feigen, ExpressNews.com, "Training days: NBA tries to help players stay in shape during layoff," 29 Mar. 2020 All those things are small concerns when weighed against the specter of fan lockouts, or worse, fears of a spreading contagion that would render insignificant anything related to basketball. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Flu fears take a backseat for one night as Warriors play to a rockin’ crowd," 7 Mar. 2020 In the two years immediately following the 2004-05 lockout, seven players each season hit the mark, including Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby, and Dany Heatley as repeaters. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s why the NHL All-Star Game would be better at the start of season," 31 Jan. 2020 But both lockouts occurred before the season, so the delays came at the beginning of each season. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "In an eerie scene following NBA’s suspension of its season, Boban Marjanovic, Luka Doncic star in Mavs’ win vs. Nuggets," 12 Mar. 2020 Some models even have lockout features, which keep headlamps from accidentally being activated and draining your battery when not in use. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Choosing Your Next Headlamp," 2 Mar. 2020 The strict laws also sent night owls into new areas outside the lockout precinct, effectively moving the problem to a new postcode. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Sydney," 19 Feb. 2020 The nurses went on a one-day strike in September, which was followed by a four-day lockout. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Strike averted: University of Chicago nurses and hospital reach agreement," 23 Nov. 2019 The lockout was lifted around 3 p.m., Dudnick said. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "SF Police investigate text messages sent to Aptos Middle School students, school temporarily put on lockout," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lockout


1853, in the meaning defined above


1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Lockout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockout. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lockout

: a situation in which an employer tries to force workers to accept certain conditions by refusing to let them come to work until those conditions are accepted


lock·​out | \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lockout (audio) \

Legal Definition of lockout

: the withholding of employment by an employer in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

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