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 Arbitration usually takes place during the off-season, before spring training starts, but was postponed this spring by the lockout. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Curry also worked toward his major during the 2011 lockout then re-enrolled for this spring’s semester. oregonlive, 17 May 2022 Spring training lasted just 3 1/2 weeks this year because of the lockout. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 14 May 2022 Baseball’s 99-day lockout this past offseason may be taking a toll as well. Christian Richey, WSJ, 14 May 2022 The 99-day lockout that caused the season to start late is something every good baseball fan would just as soon forget. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 The Astros have a four-game series in the Bronx in late June, then there are three games in Houston that will be split up because of the delay to the start of the season because of the lockout. Matt Young, Chron, 13 May 2022 The teams had to reschedule three games that were postponed due to MLB's lockout delaying the regular season. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2022 The Reds and Pirates were already scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader at GABP on Saturday, a make-up game because the first week of the season was postponed due to the lockout. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 6 May 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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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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