\ ˈau̇t-ˌbäks How to pronounce out-box (audio) \
variants: or outbox

Definition of out-box

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a box or tray (as on a desk) for holding outgoing interoffice mail
2 : a computer folder for outgoing email messages that have not yet been sent


out·​box | \ ˌau̇t-ˈbäks How to pronounce outbox (audio) \
outboxed; outboxing; outboxes

Definition of outbox (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to outdo or surpass in boxing : to box more skillfully or successfully than (an opponent) … saying that after a few lessons they've outboxed bigger and heavier opponents.— Sinclair Lewis Holyfield won by thoroughly outboxing Rahman at every turn, jabbing and battering him over and over …— Mike Freeman

Examples of out-box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tyson Fury can outbox most any heavyweight on the planet. Zack Jones, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 But all that dazzling motion, required to outbox the bigger Maxim, caught up with him in the oppressive heat. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 24 June 2021 Both laptops with the older 14nm 10th-gen Comet Lake H can’t even outbox a much tinier Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 14 May 2021 Ongare, 26, made it through to the Olympics after outboxing Ugandan opponent Catherine Nanziri in the women's flyweight (51 kilogram) division at the Africa Boxing Olympic Qualification tournament in Dakar, Senegal. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, 2 Mar. 2020 The Tuscaloosa native, who was getting outboxed most of the night, improves his career record to 42-0-1, with 41 knockouts. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2019 Walking forward from the opening bell, Lawrence did his best to utilize his length and head movement to outbox his Bolivian opponent. John Morgan, The Courier-Journal, 12 July 2019 Love, a southpaw, outboxed Samuel Teach and earned the decision in the junior welterweight fight. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of out-box


1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Out-box.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-box. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of out-box

: a box or other container on a desk in which letters, notes, etc., that are being sent from the desk are placed
: a computer folder that holds e-mail messages you have not yet sent


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