out·​side | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsīd How to pronounce outside (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˌsīd \

Definition of outside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a place or region beyond an enclosure or boundary: such as
(1) : the world beyond the confines of an institution (such as a prison)
(2) often capitalized, in Alaska : the world beyond the territory or state of Alaska especially : the 48 contiguous states
b : the area farthest from a specified point of reference: such as
(1) : the side of home plate farthest from the batter
(2) : the part of a playing area toward the sidelines
(3) : the part of a playing area away from the goal
2 : an outer side or surface
3 : an outer manifestation : appearance
4 : the extreme limit of a guess : maximum the crowd numbered 10,000 at the outside



Definition of outside (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side or surface the outside edge
b : of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side of a curve or turn
c : of, relating to, or being on or near the outside an outside pitch
2a : situated or performed outside a particular place
b : connected with or giving access to the outside outside telephone line
3 : maximum
4a : not included or originating in a particular group or organization blamed the riot on outside agitators
b : not belonging to one's regular occupation or duties outside interests
5 : barely possible : remote an outside chance
6 : made or done from the outside borrowed a basketball and practiced his outside shot



Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : on or to the outside
2 : outdoors



Definition of outside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 used as a function word to indicate movement to or position on the outer side of
2 : beyond the limits of outside the scope of this report outside the law
3 : except

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outside

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of outside in a Sentence

Noun The house looks nice from the outside. painted the outside of the house Adjective the outside edge of the foot She turned on the outside light to see what was making the noise. The phone will not let you make outside calls. The company hired an outside consultant. a businessman with few outside interests besides golf There were outside influences that affected his decision to retire early. Adverb The children love playing outside. It's nice outside, with not a cloud in the sky. He ran outside to see what the noise was about. He looked outside at the snow. The candy was hard outside but chewy inside. The car seemed in good condition outside. Preposition We waited outside the store. He kept his hands outside his pockets. There was a dog barking outside the house. She finished the race five seconds outside the record. We live outside the city. I have never traveled outside the U.S. before. No one outside the group knew of their plans.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both will compete for playing time right away with Rebekah on the outside and Liz most likely as an opposite. Giana Han, al, "Weekly Auburn roundup: Tennis men and women earn SEC honors," 3 May 2021 And yet the rebound is incomplete and uneven, leaving millions of Americans on the outside looking in. Matt Egan, CNN, "The economy is finally booming, but millions of Americans can't feel it -- yet," 3 May 2021 Like, are there any game-breakers on the outside not named Avery Davis? Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Peek behind Notre Dame spring football curtain a quick, incomplete one," 1 May 2021 Turns out, his talent still translates on the outside. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "15 takeaways from USC spring football practices," 1 May 2021 Beyond Williams, the Browns don’t have a ton of depth on the outside. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Andrew Berry waited and made a pick for the Browns that just made sense," 30 Apr. 2021 Consequently, the Roma makes more of a beautiful sound inside than on the outside. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Ferrari Roma: A High-Tech Sports Car With a Midcentury Look," 30 Apr. 2021 While the 5-9, 192-pound Molden lacks the size to hold up on the outside or at safety, his quick-trigger play signals a long and fruitful career at nickel. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft best available players on Day 2: Azeez Ojulari, Christian Barmore among top options," 30 Apr. 2021 Higgins and Chase on the outside and Boyd is penciled in inside as the slot receiver. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals make NFL history by selecting LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase in 2021 NFL Draft," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her department conducted the investigation with the assistance of an outside agency. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City Attorney Tearman Spencer's claims that he was cleared of sexual harassment allegations are inaccurate, city official says," 29 Apr. 2021 San Francisco schools are looking for outside experts to help guide the process to reopen schools in August, which will include navigating changing health guidelines, parent feedback and labor negotiations. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. schools seek reopening consultant a year after the board shot down the idea," 28 Apr. 2021 Census officials and outside experts will compare them to projections and other sources. BostonGlobe.com, "Your questions about the 2020 Census, answered," 26 Apr. 2021 And officials have brought in outside experts to review operations and adopted many of their recommendations, Baggs said. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Democrats request independent audit of deaths in county jails," 25 Apr. 2021 Police agencies would also be required to have an outside agency investigate possible instances of excessive force, and issue an independent report. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Bill to bar arrests of children under 7 in Florida caught in police reform standoff," 24 Apr. 2021 In some places, an outside law enforcement agency handles the investigation; in some cases a charging decision is made by prosecutors or a grand jury. Peter Nickeas And Marshall Cohen, CNN, "Columbus shooting illustrates how police grapple with politics of releasing body camera footage," 23 Apr. 2021 The investigation may require the vessel to be raised by an outside agency. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "14 boat passengers rescued as vessel sinks off Newport Harbor," 19 Apr. 2021 The prosecution called dozens of witnesses, including bystanders who offered emotional testimony about having witnessed the interaction, law enforcement officers and outside experts who weighed in on police training and use of force. NBC News, "What to expect from deliberations in the Derek Chauvin trial," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Many will be outside, with more than a dozen Chicago schools planning hourlong, mini-proms at Soldier Field. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "High school proms are back, sort of. Some will have no dancing, no eating, no heels — and entrance might require a negative COVID-19 test.," 1 May 2021 Scott is the youngest of three children, with big sister Zukura Williams and big brother Reynaldo Williams, who recalled that Scott always wanted to be outside with his friends playing football. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks product Jordon Scott, accustomed to conquering challenges, is eager for an NFL opportunity," 30 Apr. 2021 In these pandemic times, queues for rides are required to be outside. Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland’s reopening: Why it matters and what to pay attention to when you return," 30 Apr. 2021 The suspect, who was also shackled by his feet, was outside near the car rental center, not inside the terminal, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Murder suspect in custody following escape from Atlanta airport," 30 Apr. 2021 Police arrived and spoke with the two women, who were outside. cleveland, "Alert cemetery worker saves man’s life: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 30 Apr. 2021 Chinnici said to check your body for ticks and also to take a warm shower within two hours of being outside. Brian Whipkey, USA TODAY, "They're back: How to check for ticks and what you should do if you've been bitten," 30 Apr. 2021 But one development of note: Unvaccinated people can unmask outdoors in certain scenarios without social distancing, now that vaccinations are on the rise and because the risk of transmitting the virus is much lower outside. Shannon Mcmahon, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the CDC's New Outdoor Masking Guidance Means for Travelers," 29 Apr. 2021 That’s why the World Health Organization concluded in December that masks are unnecessary outside as long as physical distancing—which WHO defines as one meter, or around three feet—can be maintained. Daniel Halperin And Monica Gandhi, WSJ, "Take Off Your Mask and Go Outside," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The crowd outside nearly overwhelmed the gates of the Coliseum. Eric Nusbaum, Los Angeles Times, "The roots of the 20 Years War between the Dodgers and L.A.’s Mexican community," 6 May 2021 Hendrix’s first slider landed just outside the strike zone, and Williams swung and missed at the next three. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds reliever Ryan Hendrix's slider has always set him apart," 6 May 2021 According to local reports, volunteer trials have started in Rochdale, just outside Manchester, U.K. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "France’s Valneva to raise funds to bolster its inactivated COVID-19 vaccine," 5 May 2021 But local politicians and business leaders said loopholes in the law permit the performers to ply their trade beyond the restricted zones and into Manhattan’s Theater District, which lies just outside the square. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Times Square Costumed Performers Face New Restrictions," 5 May 2021 One letter sent to Dunn Loring, Virginia, an unincorporated community just outside Washington, D.C., also arrived on April 30. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "In small test of mail delivery, U.S. Postal Service delivered just 1 of 8 letters on time," 5 May 2021 As of April 30, 84,191 people in Arkansas were noted as being outside that 42-day window. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Minaret vaccination, Rushmore fight, enrollment drops: News from around our 50 states," 4 May 2021 My Octopus Teacher shows viewers that meaningful engagements with the natural world can happen right outside your door. Liani Maasdorp, Quartz, "Oscar-winning “My Octopus Teacher” is a complicated success for South Africa," 3 May 2021 The historic Chilkoot Trail, which begins just outside Skagway and ends at Lake Bennett, British Columbia, was closed on the Canadian side last summer. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska towns near the Canadian border prepare for another summer of restrictions," 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of outside


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outside. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an area around or near something (such as a building)
: an outer side, edge, or surface of something



English Language Learners Definition of outside (Entry 2 of 4)

: located on or near an outer side, edge, or surface of something
: located in or near the area around a building and not inside it
: involving people who are not in the same building, group, or organization as you



English Language Learners Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

: in or to a place that is near but separate from another place
: in or to a place that is in the area around or near a building and not inside it
: on the outer side, edge, or surface of something



English Language Learners Definition of outside (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a place that is near but separate from (something)
: beyond the limits or borders of (something)
: not belonging to (a group or organization)


out·​side | \ au̇t-ˈsīd How to pronounce outside (audio) \

Kids Definition of outside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an outer side or surface The outside of the house needs painting.
2 : the greatest amount or limit : most The job will take a week at the outside.



Kids Definition of outside (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or being on the outside the outside edge
2 : not belonging to a place or group outside influences
3 : barely possible an outside chance



Kids Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

: outdoors entry 1 Let's play outside.



Kids Definition of outside (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : on or to the outside of outside the door
2 : beyond the limits of outside the law

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