out·​ly·​ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ \

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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Bottom line: Don’t just add more requirements. Reevaluate what is most beneficial today and drop the outlying courses. Mohammed Kloub, The Seattle Times, "Should personal-finance management be taught in school? Readers sound off.," 22 Oct. 2018 Most of those occurred in Benguet and outlying mountain provinces, where about 100 landslides were recorded, with the avalanche in Itogon the largest and deadliest. Aaron Favila And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine landslide shows poor often live in danger's path," 19 Sep. 2018 Hundreds of tourists and workers were still trying to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged. Todd Pitman, The Seattle Times, "Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island," 7 Aug. 2018 Hundreds of tourists and workers were still struggling to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged. Andi Jatmiko And Niniek Karmini, Fox News, "Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island," 7 Aug. 2018 That species had already been hard hit, with cyclones destroying colonies on outlying islands and with deforestation and hunting taking a toll. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Australian Reptiles And a Toad Named After Gollum on Latest Endangered Species Update," 6 July 2018 Even as thousands of tech-savvy millennials flock to a few pockets in and around downtown Detroit, data show that poverty is increasing and incomes collapsing in many outlying urban neighborhoods. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Gentrification misses real problem in Detroit, urban expert warns," 7 July 2018 People close to the companies said limiting the number of scooters would hurt access for residents of outlying neighborhoods, and said linking a cap to actual demand would make more sense. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bye-bye, SF scooters as Bird, Lime and Spin go on hiatus," 4 June 2018 Day 2: Shopping, Artsy 'Hoods, and Frida Kahlo The historic center is a true dichotomy of big city grit and old-world elegance, but much of Mexico City’s beauty is subtler, within the nooks and crannies of its outlying neighborhoods. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Mexico City," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outlying

1647, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outlying

: far away from the center of a place


out·​ly·​ing | \ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ \

Kids Definition of outlying

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

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