\ 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 e-mail 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 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, "She had a baby at the age of 12. Now, Kenya's Christine Ongare is an Olympic boxing qualifier," 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, "Deontay Wilder knocks out Luis Ortiz in 7th, retains WBC heavyweight title," 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, "Louisville MMA fighter Lance Lawrence loses in Dana White's Contender Series," 12 July 2019 Love, a southpaw, outboxed Samuel Teach and earned the decision in the junior welterweight fight. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Robert Easter Jr. rated top pro fighter in Ohio: Boxing Report 2018 (photos, poll)," 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 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of out-box

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

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