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

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Key to the plan is to upgrade provincial airports and improve access to outlying destinations, such as Lake Toba on Sumatra island, more than 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) from Jakarta, the capital. Washington Post, "Not just Bali: Indonesia hopes to develop more tourism sites," 13 Aug. 2019 The additional gates should significantly reduce the number of outlying jets. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Traffic at Logan is about to get worse, and Massport wants to you know it," 31 July 2019 Skies become mostly clear overnight with mild lows from the mid-to-upper 60s in our outlying areas to the low-to-mid 70s downtown. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Steamy through Tuesday. Then it turns less hot, but storm chances increase.," 29 July 2019 Cummings’ Baltimore-area district is 53% African American but also includes predominantly white outlying suburbs, and the Trump voters who live in them. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Trump again accused of racism after Twitter attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings," 27 July 2019 In a growing sign that higher rents are tightening their grip in the suburbs, the average prices to lease an apartment in several outlying Broward County cities have climbed above the $1,700 mark, according to a national survey. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Rent prices keep rising in South Florida. Check out where you’ll pay more.," 16 July 2019 Iran is likely to continue its project of hollowing out Syria, and Israel appears likely to continue its pinpoint strikes against the outlying hardware of that project, without touching its core. Jonathan Spyer, WSJ, "Getting Iran Out of Syria Is No Easy Task," 9 July 2019 At least in part because of financial concerns, the county disbanded that operation in the mid-1970s and set up a system of volunteer districts in the county’s outlying regions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Julian station rebellion unresolved as fire season begins," 5 June 2019 Office of Civil Defense chief Ricardo Jalad said more than 4 million people in the northeastern provinces of Cagayan and Isabela and outlying provincial regions are vulnerable to the most destructive effects near the typhoon's 77-mile-wide eye. Fox News, "Philippines starts evacuations as powerful typhoon closes in," 13 Sep. 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 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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