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
Recent Examples on the Web During the coronavirus shutdown in Ohio, Cuyahoga County and four outlying counties saw a 71 percent drop in fuel consumption, The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency found in a recent preliminary report. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Fewer drivers on the road during the Ohio’s coronavirus shutdown resulted in drop in fuel consumption, less gas-tax revenue," 1 July 2020 Jefferson County, which contains Birmingham and many of its outlying suburbs, has announced a county-wide mask order that will go into effect on Monday. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "18 percent of Alabamians must wear masks, more cities could soon follow," 28 June 2020 The New York Times broke down 2016 results at the precinct level, and the maps show a clear pattern across the country of concentrated Democratic voting in densely populated urban centers, with increasing Republican support in the outlying areas. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Big cities have crime and more Democrats, but it's a stretch to link them," 16 June 2020 Most of their accommodation is hidden away in outlying areas. The Economist, "Breathing room Singapore promises roomier digs for migrant workers," 20 June 2020 New York has responded to its new bike-centric reality by closing some streets to car traffic and adding nine miles of new bike lanes, many leading from outlying boroughs into Manhattan to serve commuters. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "After coronavirus, bicycles will have a new place in city life," 15 June 2020 But missing from the list are the Jicarilla Apache tribe and three outlying Navajo communities: To’hajiilee, Ramah and Alamo. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, "A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns," 13 June 2020 Such losses would come after decades in which Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have been bleeding jobs and taxes to outlying communities and counties, thanks to job sprawl and development of majority white suburbs enabled by interstate highways. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Could George Floyd’s death while restrained by white police spark a new civil rights era in Cleveland and other U.S. cities?," 4 June 2020 Roving thieves are hitting outlying cities like Walnut Creek, Fairfield, and Vallejo. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Clothes. Electronics. Sports cars. Looters wreak havoc on Bay Area as police struggle to keep pace," 2 June 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Outlying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlying. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outlying

: far away from the center of a place


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Kids Definition of outlying

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

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