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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Hundreds of studies link time outside to better health outcomes: lower blood pressure and heart rate, better immune system function, lower stress. Cassidy Randall, Glamour, "Spend More Time Outside—Doctor’s Orders," 11 July 2019 In other words, well-being (or happiness) seems more important to the outcome of elections than money. The Economist, "Why are happy people voting for angry parties?," 11 July 2019 Beyond just questionable related party transactions, various fundamental governance norms and laws are not being adhered to and this is inevitably going to lead to unfortunate outcomes unless effective measures are taken today. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A promoter has raised serious governance issues with India’s largest airline," 10 July 2019 Will Kyrie Irving lead the Nets to an underwhelming 2019-20 season similar to the outcome of the his former team Boston Celtics this past season? Dana Scott, azcentral, "NBA free agency: Additions, subtractions, questions while we wait on Kawhi Leonard," 2 July 2019 If Smith is healthy, the Pistons probably win two or three more games, which would have led to a better outcome than 41-41 and the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons free agency: 5 things to watch as team uses limited funds," 29 June 2019 But for many, waiting to collect the meaningfully larger tax benefits of Roth in retirement should lead to a better outcome. Michael J. Francis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "401K Advisor: Saving in a Roth account may be a better choice for 401(k) participants," 28 June 2019 The nine may have more difficulty putting together five votes for a majority outcome. The Christian Science Monitor, "The week in photos (June 24-28)," 28 June 2019 Some of Thomas’s efforts to reconsider American law could lead to positive outcomes. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Clarence Thomas’s Unprecedented America," 26 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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