outcome

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web No one currently believes that will be the final outcome. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers to sit Andre Drummond while looking for trade ahead of March 25 deadline," 15 Feb. 2021 But leaving the Senate to try a president on impeachment charges means the outcome of the process will hinge on the political dynamic at play, not the evidence presented at the trial. Dallas News, "Ineffective impeachment process allows Donald Trump to elude accountability for Capitol riot," 15 Feb. 2021 But the outcome left them no closer to healing a divide that continues to threaten their party. Los Angeles Times, "Loyalty to Trump remains the fault line for Republicans," 14 Feb. 2021 The outcome confirms that pro-separatist sentiment has not waned despite the suffering of the COVID-19 pandemic and a frustrated secession bid in October 2017 that left several of its members in prison. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, "Separatists grow majority in Catalonia despite Socialist win," 14 Feb. 2021 The outcome of the raw and emotional proceedings is expected to reflect a country divided over the former president and the future of his brand of politics. Lisa Mascaro, Chron, "Fight over witnesses could delay Trump trial conclusion," 13 Feb. 2021 The outcome after the uprising leaves unresolved the nation’s wrenching divisions over Trump’s brand of politics that led to the most violent domestic attack on one of America’s three branches of government. Anchorage Daily News, "Senate acquits Trump in impeachment trial; Murkowski votes to convict while Sullivan votes not guilty," 13 Feb. 2021 The outcome of the quick, raw and emotional proceedings is expected to reflect a country divided over the former president and the future of his brand of politics. Arkansas Online, "Senate poised to vote on holding Trump accountable for riot," 13 Feb. 2021 But whatever the outcome, Busch hasn’t decided when to finish racing. Dan Gelston, ajc, "Ready to retire? Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR fans guessing," 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of outcome

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outcome was in 1788

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21 Feb 2021

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“Outcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcome. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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outcome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of outcome

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

outcome

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

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