out·​post | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst How to pronounce outpost (audio) \

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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While an all-news station will often flat-out reject the more salacious audio submissions, other outlets such as a Top 40 destination, a college outpost and an all-talk (all-rant) frequency don’t have such standards. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "‘Alt-Frequencies,’ a radio drama for the social media era," 7 June 2019 Littlejohn—now owned by Michael Graves, who started working in the shop as a teenager—recently opened a San Francisco outpost, and this worries me. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "This English Toffee is the Best Candy in the World," 6 June 2019 The knife shop also has a small outpost on 17th Street mainly used to host classes, which will remain open. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco knife shop Bernal Cutlery expands to a new location," 4 June 2019 Galaxy’s Edge makes that possible by inviting you to the remote planet of Batuu, the perfect location for a Resistance outpost. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Will Please Even The Most Hardcore Fans," 29 May 2019 On the morning of her birthday, Lively hopped on Instagram Stories to share a photo of a dozen cupcakes from Sprinkles, a celeb-favorite cupcake outpost based in Beverly Hills. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Blake Lively Kicked Off Her 31st Birthday by Utterly Demolishing a Box of Cupcakes," 27 Aug. 2018 About 5,500 people live now on Guantánamo, a 45-square-mile outpost that brings in its food by air and sea and makes its own energy, desalinates its own water. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters," 20 June 2018 Sift expanded over the border this spring, as Young opened a Watch Hill outpost of the bakery on April 20. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Mystic Sift Bake Shop's Adam Young Wins Food Network's 'Best Baker In America'," 19 June 2018 On Father’s Day, hundreds of protesters descended on a Texas border outpost where a new tent city has been erected to detain immigrant children, according to NPR. Laignee Barron, Time, "Hundreds Protest on Father's Day Against a Tent City for Immigrant Children Near Texas Border," 18 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 How to pronounce outpost (audio) \

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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