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 When McCollum dribbled his way past several Spurs defenders to score and draw the foul, the outcome was pretty much determined. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers continue winning big with 124-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs: Game rewind," 9 May 2021 While the outcome of the case is still far from clear, a breakup of Google has not been ruled out. Sergii Denysenko, Forbes, "Digital Advertising 2021: Who Will Win The Power Battle?," 7 May 2021 While the outcome of the case is pending, a panel of three judges denied the group’s request for an injunction to prevent Boston school officials from making admission decisions. BostonGlobe.com, "Changes in admission rules for Boston exam schools boosted diversity of accepted students," 7 May 2021 Again, this outcome is Timothée-shows-up-on-your-front-door-step-to-profess-love-level unlikely. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "The Confused & Pissed-Off Person’s Guide To Getting The “Preferred” Vaccine In Canada," 7 May 2021 Analysts say the outcome of the state elections was only a modest setback for Modi’s party and that voters in the state elections were more concerned with local issues than national matters that a prime minister can shape. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, "Narendra Modi’s popularity once seemed unassailable. Not anymore," 3 May 2021 This month, the European privacy activist Max Schrems filed a complaint over the Android identifier, asking authorities in France to investigate the tracking of users, but any outcome could be a long way away. NBC News, "How to take advantage of Apple's new iPhone privacy features," 29 Apr. 2021 Had Congress omitted the indefinite article and simply required notice to appear, the outcome could have been different. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Unusual Supreme Court Majority Rules in Favor of Guatemalan Who Entered U.S. Illegally," 30 Apr. 2021 Had an opportunity been taken to stop this [sale], the outcome would have been different. Washington Post, "Walmart sold a gun to an employee with history of mental illness, lawsuit says. He killed himself two hours later.," 30 Apr. 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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16 May 2021

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“Outcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcome. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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