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

exterior, face, shell, skin, surface, veneer

Synonyms: Adjective

exterior, external, outer, outward

Synonyms: Adverb

alfresco, out, outdoors

Synonyms: Preposition

apart from, aside from, bar, barring, beside, besides, but, except (also excepting), except for, excluding, exclusive of, other than, outside of, save, saving

Antonyms: Noun

inside, interior

Antonyms: Adjective

inner, inside, interior, internal, inward

Antonyms: Adverb


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Examples of outside in a Sentence


The house looks nice from the outside. painted the outside of the house


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.


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.


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

Obviously from the outside, from a societal standpoint, that’s going to happen because that’s unusual still. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Kara Lawson wants to be known for more than being the Celtics’ first female assistant coach," 3 July 2019 First up is the opening of Los Alamitos’ summer meeting, which seemed from the outside to go off without a hitch racing wise. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Congrats to Queen Bee to You for winning Bertrando Stakes," 30 June 2019 What looks like a traditional-style house from the outside opens up to a massive, modern open living space full of eclectic art pieces. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A very unusual $1.1 million Fishers home," 28 June 2019 Only three of the two-dozen new CEOs came from the outside, and all were recruited to fix ailing companies. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "More People Named Jeffrey Got Top CEO Jobs Than Women Last Year," 27 June 2019 These are often right next to each other, indistinguishable from the outside. Noelle Mateer, Curbed, "Confronting change in Beijing’s historic hutong alleyways," 27 June 2019 Pacella suffered a concussion and head wound trying to escape the office through a back door that had been barricaded from the outside. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "A snow globe, a poem, a home: Capital Gazette victims revealed, recalled in the things they left behind," 23 June 2019 There’s also the important fact that not all handmaid scars are obvious from the outside. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "What’s Actually Going On With Ofmatthew On Handmaid’s Tale?," 19 June 2019 Those are ideal numbers for a power forward, someone who can shoot from the outside and isn’t afraid to mix it up down low. oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So much that Myers blamed himself unprompted for Durant’s injury, though those around the organization insist both the Warriors and Durant were collaborative with both internal and outside doctors. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Bob Myers to meet with Kevin Durant this weekend," 29 June 2019 Trump, of course, came from entirely outside politics, whereas Mayor Pete is an ambitious politician from central casting: class valedictorian in high school, president of the Harvard Institute of Politics, mayor at age 29. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Buttigieg Illusion," 28 June 2019 In addition to the vast crop of business travelers, a growing local culture for vacationing within rather than outside Nigeria, may also be a factor, Oyatogun says. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Lagos has become one of Airbnb’s fastest-growing markets globally," 27 June 2019 Both have hovered in low single digits in most polls, but have managed to gather a measure of support on the trail with their outside-the-box messages. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Debate 2019: Biden on the defensive as Democratic rivals take aim," 27 June 2019 Although this performance is free, a ticket is required and outside food and beverage is not allowed. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Your guide to the Spark!Fishers festival: Fourth of July fireworks, musical acts and road closures," 25 June 2019 Here’s a rundown of how every track on Originals compares to its outside version. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Prince's 'Originals' Album: Comparing Each Demo With Its Well-Known Cover Version," 25 June 2019 Even after falling back to earth, Morris has a lot to offer: physical defense, positional versatility, solid outside shooting, and enough to work with off the dribble to keep defenses honest. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2019: Top 50 Players Available," 24 June 2019 The final run made it to second when a high-and-outside Fontenot fastball went off catcher Saul Garza’s glove and behind him. Brody Miller, nola.com, "LSU baseball season ends with mistake-filled 5-4 loss to Florida State," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Other attempts to cook eggs outside in the heat have had varying levels of success. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Years," 4 July 2019 Castellanos said Shannon Griffin and her daughters often are outside, riding their bikes or walking together. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Baptist schoolteacher who is pastor’s wife traded alcohol for sex with minor student, sent nude images, prosecutors allege," 3 July 2019 There were no noisy neighbors and there was no traffic outside, and our hosts were a sweet family of three: one full-fledged Mayan, one former Guatemalan, and one little blended mixture of the two. Julie Hatfield, BostonGlobe.com, "A bedtime story, deep in the jungle in Belize," 2 July 2019 No one was outside, and a knock on the door of an RV went unanswered. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland councilman wants to close street near Home Depot where RV dwellers live," 1 July 2019 More than 60 percent of the seating at Serea is outside on a two-tiered patio. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hotel Del Coronado reaches first milestone — a new ocean-view restaurant — on its way to $200M transformation," 29 June 2019 Its latest expansion is into activities (32 and counting) that don’t even take place outside, like CrossFit. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Coach That Meets You in Your Inbox," 24 June 2019 Officers initially responded to a report that Mbegbu and a woman were fighting outside in a neighborhood. AZCentral.com, "Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?," 20 June 2019 By the semifinals, three of the four remainders were outside the top 25. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Nadal's 12 French Opens the Most Unbreakable Record in Tennis History?," 12 June 2019

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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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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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