outdoors

adverb
out·​doors | \ˌau̇t-ˈdȯrz, ˈau̇t-ˈdȯrz\

Definition of outdoors 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: outside a building : in or into the open air

Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place or location away from the confines of a building

2 : the world away from human habitations

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outdoors

Synonyms: Adverb

alfresco, out, outside

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

nature, open, open air, out-of-doors, wild, wilderness

Antonyms: Adverb

indoors

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Examples of outdoors in a Sentence

Adverb

The game is meant to be played outdoors. He worked outdoors all afternoon. I went outdoors for some fresh air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Leave the tub outdoors in 28 to 50 degree temperatures for seven to nine weeks, then move it into cool (55 to60 degrees), bright indoor conditions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Pie-Worthy Rhubarb Ever," 30 May 2018 Spaces like these are known as pocket gardens, which are small community park-like areas that provide a natural environment for people sit, relax and enjoy time outdoors. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Garden Club helps Kingwood go green," 19 May 2018 Tempe Town Lake Tempe Town Lake is the perfect place for family photos or to catch the sunset, enjoy a day outdoors and attend a festival or concert. azcentral, "20 great places to take photos in the Phoenix area," 12 Apr. 2016 Several parents called to voice concerns about their children being outdoors on smoky days. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "After wildfires, Washington’s outdoors industry braces for smoky summers ahead," 3 Sep. 2018 Only use fireworks outdoors away from buildings on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface that is free from debris. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Best tips to stay safe when using fireworks," 4 July 2018 Clear your head and shed the stress of your inside life by going outdoors. Hannah Deely, Redbook, "5 Ways to Balance Your Life With the Swedish Concept of Lagom," 2 Oct. 2018 Of course, the entire restaurant is technically outdoors considering there are no walls. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Striking prefab restaurant built entirely from bamboo," 13 Sep. 2018 Make the most of it by spending a fun day outdoors getting free fruit trees and native plants while learning about water conservation at Broward County's 16th annual Water Matters Day on Saturday in Davie. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Freebie Friday: Free fruit trees, free sandwich at Einstein Bros., free Oreo candy bar," 9 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

The outdoors is the first thing many people associate with Norway, but the country’s compact capital, where nature closely coexists with urbanity, is an increasingly popular destination. Vogue, "How to Spend a Romantic, Relaxed Day in Oslo," 28 Aug. 2018 With recent wildfire smoke causing locals to stay indoors and tourists to cancel plans, Washington state’s outdoors industry is grappling with financial losses, and facing with uncertainty what may become the new normal for Washington summers. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "After wildfires, Washington’s outdoors industry braces for smoky summers ahead," 3 Sep. 2018 For lawn geeks like him, the attractions also include spending time outdoors and meeting their (often envious) neighbors. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Plucking Blades by Hand, Vacuuming the Grass: This Is Extreme Lawn Care," 15 July 2018 For the past few years, McWilliams, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been backpacking around the United States and Canada, making money on odd jobs and as an outdoors survival instructor. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, "The Man Who Survived a Rattler, Bear, and Shark Attack," 10 July 2018 Ticks Hitting the great outdoors is one of the best parts of summer, but long hikes come with their own set of hazards. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018 Christopher Reynolds Born and raised in California, Christopher Reynolds has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times since 1990. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Rockers, punks and cowboys find a rowdy haven at Cain's in Tulsa, Okla.," 14 June 2018 Preston 10, is a lover of the great outdoors — fishing, exploring and collecting Pokémon are his favorites. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "5 Siblings in Viral Wanted Ad Beg the World: "Adopt Us Together!"," 14 Mar. 2017 The brothers originally considered turning one large corner of the space into a rooftop terrace for outdoor dining, but eventually chose to bring the outdoors indoors during the season. Bruce Ingram, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Santo Cielo in Naperville," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of outdoors

Adverb

circa 1729, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outdoors was circa 1729

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More Definitions for outdoors

outdoors

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of outdoors

: outside a building : not inside a building

outdoors

adverb
out·​doors | \au̇t-ˈdȯrz \

Kids Definition of outdoors

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: outside a building : in or into the open air She likes to play outdoors.

outdoors

noun

Kids Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

: the open air

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