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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The searing official history produced by the U.S. Army points to many tantalizing what-ifs that might have produced better outcomes. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 As the video shows, the Natter was simply too late to affect the war’s outcome. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Meet 'The Natter,' Nazi Germany's Wooden Rocket Plane," 19 June 2019 The Mexico tariff threat also illustrated the difficulty central bank officials face in forecasting economic outcomes given Mr. Trump’s mercurial trade policies. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Debates Whether Rate-Cut Moment Has Arrived," 18 June 2019 In theory, Jamaica could have qualified for the knockout stages but the minimum requirement was to beat Australia, an unlikely outcome after Kerr's two first half headers. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Brazil great Marta makes history with 17th World Cup goal," 18 June 2019 The 112-page complaint, which was filed in October 2017, reads less like a legal document and more like one of those book-length reconstructions of actual events, where the reader knows the awful outcome and still turns each page. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "This Jewish lawyer wants to break the back of the violent white nationalist movement," 18 June 2019 The outcome has the potential to reshape, or disrupt, an exploitative business model championed by Silicon Valley and exported to the world. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The high-stakes battle between Uber executives and drivers in California, explained," 18 June 2019 The list was determined by poverty rates, educational attainment, unemployment and health outcomes. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "For 2nd year, this county named worst place to live in Alabama," 17 June 2019 Once established, researchers with the University of Texas at San Antonio will track outcomes — including recidivism rates — to evaluate the effectiveness of the drug court. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Another drug court in San Antonio will tackle problem of family violence," 17 June 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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to take the place or position of

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