outdoors

adverb
out·​doors | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (audio) , 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

Being outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a thunderstorm, especially at high altitudes. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Denver’s weekend weather: Sunny with a chance of rain," 28 June 2019 Avoid spending extended periods of time outdoors, especially in the hottest hours of the day and stay hydrated. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Hot and very muggy conditions continue," 21 June 2019 Those who got in two to three hours in nature were about 20% more likely to report high overall satisfaction with their lives than those who spent no time outdoors at all. Christopher Ingraham, Houston Chronicle, "People who spend more time outdoors lead more fulfilling lives, new research shows," 20 June 2019 Less time didn’t yield any significant benefit, while people who spent two to three hours outdoors each week were about 20 percent more likely to report high overall life satisfaction than those who didn’t get any outdoor time at all. Washington Post, "People who spend more time outdoors lead more fulfilling lives, new research shows," 19 June 2019 Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get outdoors news sent straight to your inbox. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What’s forest bathing and why are so many people in Colorado doing it?," 19 June 2019 The most important step for avoiding any effects of a tick bite is to do a thorough tick check after spending time outdoors, even your backyard. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Tick," 13 June 2019 Mehran and Raam tell of a childhood spent outdoors, camping as many as 15 times a year. Frans Lanting, National Geographic, "Jailed researchers trying to protect threatened cheetahs in Iran await verdict," 15 Mar. 2019 So, when the dogs days of summer come, cook meals outdoors on the grill, use a microwave or crock pot, or even a toaster oven, which produces much less heat—and uses less electricity—than a full-size oven. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cool Down a Room (Without Blasting A/C)," 7 June 2019

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

There's ample open space outdoors, a setup that has helped make Haint Blue a popular stop for people with young children. al.com, "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 Dog-friendly patios Note: Dog-friendly dining is outdoors and can depend on several factors, including the weather, how busy the restaurant is and who is working. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Taking your pooch to a play and more things to do," 5 July 2019 Each concert is outdoors with food, live music, and more - all for free. Quoron Walker, courant.com, "MARC Summer Concert Series Returns July 16," 3 July 2019 There will be a special performance by Sing Out and live entertainment outdoors features Mark Reitenga. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak Farmers Market celebrates pride event with food truck rally," 11 June 2019 What is a 6-8 hour charge except a chance for the human body to recharge itself–spiritually or through an adventure outdoors or physically through a good night’s sleep onboard. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "RVs Are More Efficient Than Ever, Thanks to Eco-Friendly Manufacturing," 15 May 2019 The factors causing these conditions are dry eyes, exposure to wind, dust and sunlight — hence the nickname, although anyone who spends time outdoors is susceptible. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019 The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kate Middleton’s Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 23 May 2019 The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Shares "Heartbreaking" Parenting Struggle at the Chelsea Flower Show," 19 May 2019

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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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11 Jul 2019

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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 How to pronounce outdoors (audio) \

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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