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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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 Indiana controlled the game throughout, but with 10 minutes, 50 seconds remaining, the outcome was very much in doubt. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Malcolm Brogdon embraces role as Pacers calming presence in the clutch," 13 Feb. 2020 The outcome of those talks was crucial to Ireland, the only EU country to share a land border with the UK. Nicolae Dumitrache, BostonGlobe.com, "Irish election produces an earthquake as Sinn Fein tops poll," 10 Feb. 2020 The outcome of the trial is likely to shape his legacy. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Weinstein Trial: Credibility of Accuser Jessica Mann Attacked," 4 Feb. 2020 State party and federal officials have expressed confidence that the outcome will be accurate and trustworthy. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Iowa’s Lesson: Political Parties Are Not as Good as Government Officials at Counting Votes," 4 Feb. 2020 The outcome will be chewier, drier, likely overcooked, and can lack certain textures and flavors compared to a properly portioned and seared piece. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "7 Rules for the Greatest Venison Backstrap of Your Life," 29 Jan. 2020 So why will this outcome be different from, say, Lamar vs. Jay-Z? Paul Grein, Billboard, "Billie Eilish vs. Lizzo Grammy Face-Off Likely Won't End Up Like Adele vs. Beyonce or Kendrick Lamar vs. Jay-Z," 24 Jan. 2020 The outcome of this decision was not immediately obvious as Oestricher continued to struggle for control while waiting for his airspeed to increase to the point that there was lift sufficient for flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time When the F-16 Accidentally Had Its First Flight," 23 Jan. 2020 The outcome of the Senate's impeachment trial of President Trump is not in doubt. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "The only thing we don't know about the outcome of Trump's impeachment trial," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Outcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcome. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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


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