out·​post | \ˈau̇t-ˌpōst \

Definition of outpost 

1a : a security detachment dispatched by a main body of troops to protect it from enemy surprise

b : a military base established by treaty or agreement in another country

2a : an outlying or frontier settlement

b : an outlying branch or position of a main organization or group

Examples of outpost in a Sentence

an American outpost in Africa The city was established as a military outpost in the 1800s. a remote outpost of the old British Empire
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Bijan is once again expanding its brick-and-mortar presence, opening outposts in the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills and the Wynn Las Vegas. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 America has roughly 2,000 troops and outposts in Syria. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Trump reportedly approves new objectives in Syria, keeping military presence indefinitely," 7 Sep. 2018 Taipei has a similar quasi-diplomatic outpost in Washington. Marcos Aleman, The Seattle Times, "Salvador denies asking Taiwan for money before China switch," 21 Aug. 2018 Burger outfits such as New York’s Shake Shack, which has more than 160 locations worldwide, and Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers, which has outposts in 17 states and Canada, have announced plans to open in San Francisco within the last six months. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "SF restaurants struggle for balance in prices, service as wage hike arrives," 29 June 2018 Some of the world’s best-known universities are establishing outposts in the region. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Alex was born in 1984, and two years later the family opened another A’s outpost in San Juan Capistrano, 20 minutes from Dana Point. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 McDonald’s, which plans to modernize most of its freestanding restaurants by the end of 2020, debuted an upscale outpost in Green Hills this year with self-order kiosks, a private events room, educational games for kids and a three-story PlayPlace. Lizzy Alfs, USA TODAY, "Hardee's, Carl's Jr. chains part ways in fast-food image shakeup," 19 June 2018 That’s why military officials recently opened an outpost in Mountain View, Calif., to build relationships with technology start-ups and major players. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Google's retreat from AI contract is unlikely to cool the Pentagon's love for Silicon Valley," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of outpost

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of outpost

: a large military camp that is in another country or that is far from a country's center of activity

: a small town in a place that is far away from other towns or cities


out·​post | \ˈau̇t-ˌpōst \

Kids Definition of outpost

1 : a guard placed at a distance from a military force or camp

2 : the place occupied by such a guard

3 : an outlying settlement

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