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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WeWork is the inevitable outcome of the last decade of technology and financial development. Shira Ovide, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: WeWork is profoundly shocking and odd," 15 Aug. 2019 On the night of his dinner in Zurich, which was first reported by Time magazine, the outcome of the sanctions debate remained uncertain, with some Republicans expressing concerns about the plan. Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a project in his home state," 14 Aug. 2019 Uncertainty over the outcome of those talks and what the future trading regime will look like among the U.S., China and Europe has weighed on business optimism, deterring business spending and investment. Washington Post, "German economy shrinks amid trade concerns, auto woes," 14 Aug. 2019 The jury heard that evidence and found Masters guilty, Liu said, and the additional evidence presented to Duryee would not have changed the outcome. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Death penalty upheld in 1985 slaying of San Quentin guard, despite recantation," 14 Aug. 2019 The outcome of that case could affect the Verizon suit against Rochester and any similar lawsuits filed against cities in the future. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon sues city to avoid paying 5G fees, says the FCC has its back," 13 Aug. 2019 Severe slump' The study also noticed how people's mood is hugely affected by the outcome of the match. Ben Church, CNN, "It's official. Watching soccer can be good for your health," 11 Aug. 2019 The lawyers have also filed an injunction demanding the state not wait for the outcome of the lawsuit and immediately start screening for and treating infected inmates. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Hepatitis C lawsuit against state prisons clears crucial legal hurdles; could force more than $100M in screening and treatment," 7 Aug. 2019 If someone impulsively determines to commit violence, the relative deadliness of their weapon of convenience matters—to the outcome and to the legal response. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How to Reduce Gun Violence: Ask Some Scientists," 6 Aug. 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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