outpost

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noun out·post \ˈau̇t-ˌpōst\

Definition of outpost

  1. 1a :  a security detachment dispatched by a main body of troops to protect it from enemy surpriseb :  a military base established by treaty or agreement in another country

  2. 2a :  an outlying or frontier settlementb :  an outlying branch or position of a main organization or group

Examples of outpost in a sentence

  1. an American outpost in Africa

  2. The city was established as a military outpost in the 1800s.

  3. a remote outpost of the old British Empire

1720

First Known Use of outpost

1720


OUTPOST Defined for English Language Learners

outpost

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noun out·post \ˈau̇t-ˌpōst\

Definition of outpost for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OUTPOST Defined for Kids

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noun out·post \ˈau̇t-ˌpōst\

Definition of outpost for Students

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

  2. 2 :  the place occupied by such a guard

  3. 3 :  an outlying settlement



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