out·​ly·​ing ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ How to pronounce outlying (audio)
: 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 height of the pandemic, many people were working remotely and moving out from cities and suburbs to outlying areas. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2024 Most of its other primary care offices, well over a dozen, are located in Milwaukee's suburbs and the outlying metro area. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for outlying 

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outlying was in 1647

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“Outlying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlying. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​ly·​ing ˈau̇t-ˌlī-iŋ How to pronounce outlying (audio)
: being far from a center or main body
an outlying suburb

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