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 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 The outcome can be fairly trivial, like playing Angry Birds for 10 more minutes, or more serious, like smoking for one more day—every day. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Stop Spending Time on Things You Hate," 29 Apr. 2021 But the most likely outcome is six, tying the record and pushing Alabama into third place all time with 72 first-rounders. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia fighting to have the most picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, plus other OSU draft numbers," 29 Apr. 2021 The caution was understandable, but the outcome may have been to spread exaggerated fear of the J&J vaccine, and of the others. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 29 Apr. 2021 The second round came last year after Gov. Andy Beshear tossed out those contracts and ordered them rebid, citing questions about the awards, although the outcome was unchanged. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Judge tosses $8 billion in state Medicaid contracts, orders them bid for a third time," 28 Apr. 2021 At the top of the hour, a False Face Society goon ambushed Jacob in his car and injected him with Snakebite, an incredibly addictive drug that allows the user to relive regretful memories and change the outcome. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Batwoman showrunner warns Jacob's new [SPOILER] 'gets way bad'," 12 Apr. 2021 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is accusing Democrats of hypocrisy for their attempt to change the outcome of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "‘Setting aside a certified winner’: McConnell lambasts Democrats’ effort to overturn Iowa election," 23 Mar. 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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4 May 2021

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“Outcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcome. Accessed 7 May. 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

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

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