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 But Dragic, who briefly played with Bjelica on Saski Baskonia in Spain during the NBA lockout in 2011, sees the 6-10 Serbian forward as more than someone who’ll space the floor. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat’s Goran Dragic sees Nemanja Bjelica as ‘so much more’ than just a shooter," 28 Mar. 2021 This is the second time Greene has faced exile from Twitter in recent months, but her last lockout was not an error. Joe Walsh, Forbes, "Twitter Says It Accidentally Locked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account," 19 Mar. 2021 The club certainly has the funds to do so this year, despite the NFL’s first salary cap reduction since 2011 (the year of the NFL lockout). Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals are in 'good position' to improve roster as NFL free agency looms," 15 Mar. 2021 For a start, the Western allies should make clear that Navalny's death in custody will result in a lockout of Russian finance from their markets. Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner, "How the West can deter Putin from killing Navalny in prison," 26 Feb. 2021 That was at the end of another unusual season, shortened to 66 games because of a lockout. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Disney is nice but for NBA's top teams, no place like home," 19 Aug. 2020 In the absence of a new deal, the 2022 season is in jeopardy, either by lockout or strike. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "MLB truth, lies and videotape: A telling week for a budding star and a team president," 26 Feb. 2021 From the union’s perspective, members are not withholding labor, and taking away their access to online teaching tools could be seen as a lockout, denying the right to work. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Would a Chicago teachers walkout be legal? What you need to know about the fight over reopening CPS schools.," 22 Jan. 2021 Both musicians and managers described the negotiations as productive and respectful, reflecting a friendlier tone since bitter contract talks led to a 15-month lockout that ended in 2014. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Orchestra musicians agree to 2-year contract extension, 25% pay cut," 28 Sep. 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 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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