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 The 1st Congressional District encompasses Albuquerque, rural Torrance County and other outlying areas that include the Indigenous community of Sandia Pueblo. Morgan Lee And Susan Montoya Bryan, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 The camera system will cover about a dozen blocks in the MainStreet Oceanside Property and Business Improvement District that the City Council approved in 2019, and a few outlying areas along North Coast Highway and at the beach. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 In addition to disparities between public and private hospitals, urban cities are better equipped to handle outbreaks than rural communities, and a third wave could potentially overwhelm outlying areas with weaker health infrastructure. Morgan Winsor And Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 12 May 2021 Tower Bowl’s deterioration began about 20 years ago when entertainment activity downtown moved to outlying areas of the city. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2021 Low temperatures will tend to dip to near 50 in the District and 40s in our cooler outlying areas, which is also between 5 and 10 degrees below average. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Two outlying venues also offer Fringe shows: Häos on Church, at 123 W. Church St., and The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 13 May 2021 The Farcha provincial hospital in N’Djamena is a gleaming new campus in an outlying neighborhood, where camels nibble from acacia trees nearby. Krista Larson, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2021 The shift to remote work also means more jobs are being created at outlying warehouses and suburban restaurants rather than downtowns, airports and shopping malls that tend to have better access to public transportation. Eric Morath, WSJ, 6 May 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Outlying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlying. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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