out·​come | \ ˈau̇t-ˌkəm How to pronounce outcome (audio) \

Definition of outcome

: something that follows as a result or consequence a surprising outcome patient outcomes of bypass surgery We are still awaiting the final outcome of the trial.

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Examples of outcome in a Sentence

the outcome of the election We are still awaiting the final outcome of the trial. There are two possible outcomes.
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Breaking even is really the best outcome from an economic point of view. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law," 20 Feb. 2019 Only one of them can wind up with the guy in the end, and that'd be another great outcome. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Recap: I Guess We're Not Meant to Want to Be the Bachelorette?," 19 Feb. 2019 Perkins + Will research found that behavioral factors, such as diet and physical activity, accounts for 70 percent of overall health outcomes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 July 2018 So making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ivanka Trump's Fashion Brand Is Shutting Down," 24 July 2018 To be sure, this was an unfair and reputation-damaging outcome for the Russian athletes who had played by the rules. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018 Theresa May’s defeat intensifies the political turmoil in the U.K. and throws up a range of possible outcomes. ... Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "What’s Next for Brexit?," 12 Mar. 2019 In the developing world, only 51 percent of the population lives within an hour of a city, which can make a big difference to disease prevention (as well as educational and economic outcomes). Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Glasgow, Montana Is America's Most Isolated Town," 9 July 2018 Such outcomes raise a question: Why do addicts have to have a medical or pilot’s license to receive such high-quality care? Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "I Was One Of The Top Doctors In My Field. I Was Also An Opioid Addict.," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of outcome

1788, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outcome

: something that happens as a result of an activity or process


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