out·​ly·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ How to pronounce outlying (audio) \

Definition of outlying

: remote from a center or main body outlying areas

Examples of outlying in a Sentence

the outlying areas of the city

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In a growing sign that higher rents are tightening their grip in the suburbs, the average prices to lease an apartment in several outlying Broward County cities have climbed above the $1,700 mark, according to a national survey. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Rent prices keep rising in South Florida. Check out where you’ll pay more.," 16 July 2019 Iran is likely to continue its project of hollowing out Syria, and Israel appears likely to continue its pinpoint strikes against the outlying hardware of that project, without touching its core. Jonathan Spyer, WSJ, "Getting Iran Out of Syria Is No Easy Task," 9 July 2019 At least in part because of financial concerns, the county disbanded that operation in the mid-1970s and set up a system of volunteer districts in the county’s outlying regions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Julian station rebellion unresolved as fire season begins," 5 June 2019 Office of Civil Defense chief Ricardo Jalad said more than 4 million people in the northeastern provinces of Cagayan and Isabela and outlying provincial regions are vulnerable to the most destructive effects near the typhoon's 77-mile-wide eye. Fox News, "Philippines starts evacuations as powerful typhoon closes in," 13 Sep. 2018 Under the presidency of Boris Yeltsin from 1991 to 1999, there was a fair amount of decentralization of governance to outlying regions, creating pockets of regional autonomy that could challenge the center. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Despite Demonstrations, Russian Elections Promise No Drama—By Design," 9 Sep. 2018 From Al-Haj Yousif, an outlying neighbourhood of Khartoum, come reports of fresh protests suppressed by gunfire. The Economist, "Pro-democracy protesters are slaughtered in Khartoum," 6 June 2019 Public markets were likely held nearby, and the city is surrounded by outlying groups of Maya homes where thatched huts once stood; what were likely cacao fields lie farther up in the hills. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 Like Elton John, Langford also has an outsider’s fascination with the outlying aspects of American pop culture, conspiracy theories and instructions from aliens being very part of that restless stew. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Strawdog Theatre's 'Take Me' has music by Jon Langford and a story of alien conspiracy theories," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of outlying

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outlying was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of outlying

: far away from the center of a place


out·​ly·​ing | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ How to pronounce outlying (audio) \

Kids Definition of outlying

: being far from a central point : remote We saw outlying parts of the city.

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