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 strikes have been hitting homes seemingly at random in the city’s outlying district, punching craters in vegetable gardens, starting fires and blowing out windows. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 The sweeping Covid restrictions also reached Weizhou island, an outlying islet over an hour's boat ride away popular for its scenic coastline and beaches. Nectar Gan, CNN, 18 July 2022 While Verizon tends to start at the core city and work its way outwards, C-band can be used to bring a new internet option to rural Collins, NY, Deer Trail, CO, or other outlying towns in the new PEAs. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 18 July 2022 The Manchester resident pushes her cart along a supermarket’s outlying edge where fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and dairy items line the aisles and avoids many costly and unnecessary items on the shelves in the central area. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 15 July 2022 There might be a couple of additional pogroms in the outlying districts, one in the Bronx and one in Brooklyn. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Formerly outlying destinations are in industry buyers’ sights as needs have evolved: work-from-home flexibility means weekend-only homes now are half-a-week or full-time residences due to office closures or hybrid hours. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 24 June 2022 Ukraine’s second-largest city spent weeks under relentless Russian bombardment that turned swaths of its downtown and outlying districts into rubble. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 14 June 2022 Urban renewal initiatives meant Black neighborhoods were demolished to make way for new roads serving white residents from outlying homes. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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“Outlying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlying. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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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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