outside

noun
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

outside

adjective

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

outside

adverb

Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : on or to the outside
2 : outdoors

outside

preposition

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

indoors

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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

Nobody wanted to talk about what was really happening and everybody felt like there was this pressure to keep up a facade—or pressure to keep up this perfect lifestyle and make everything look really good from the outside. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Hailey Bieber Is Done With the Pressure of Having a 'Perfect Lifestyle'," 23 Apr. 2019 What's on the outside definitely matters to anyone on the lookout to purchase their dream home, especially one particular aspect of the ever-important curb appeal. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You’ll Never Guess The Number One Thing Buyers Look For When Purchasing a Home," 9 Apr. 2019 The jet was struck on the outside by one of the rounds, and the airplane’s engine intake swallowed at least some part of a 20-millimeter round. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Dutch F-16 Flew Into Its Own Gunfire," 8 Apr. 2019 Continue to stir until the cup begins to freeze on the outside. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "How to Make a Mint Julep Just as Good as the Ones Served at the Kentucky Derby," 28 Mar. 2019 The manipulation of a system that is put into place to ensure that students who have disabilities have their needs met, can cause folk on the outside to infer that the entire system is corrupt. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "The College Admissions Scandal Could Have Lasting Impacts for Disabled People," 13 Mar. 2019 From start to finish, ensuring a final product that's juicy and tender on the inside and crisp and brown on the outside is going to take time. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Cook Perfectly Crispy Chicken Thighs Every Time," 25 Feb. 2019 Nothing could be further from the truth; nutritious food is everywhere, not just around the outside. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm an R.D. and I'm Really Great at Grocery Shopping—Steal My Tips," 31 Jan. 2019 These blowers keep the sideline over 50 degrees between the two 30-yard lines, even when the temperature outside falls far below freezing. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Use a fine-grit file, start on the outside edge and pull towards the center—then continue to gently swipe across your nail in that one direction. Emily Rekstis, Glamour, "10 Things You Can Do Now to Get Stronger, Healthier Nails ASAP," 20 Apr. 2019 On the next pitch, a fastball on the outside corner, Sheffield got Betts to ground into a game-ending double play (the Yankees won 10-1) to secure a scoreless inning for one of the baseball’s top pitching prospects. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Justus Sheffield found his competitive spirit early, and now it’s driving him toward a Mariners call-up," 13 Apr. 2019 The bank lent the money by purchasing bonds directly from Ukraine, a departure from the standard Wall Street practice of arranging bond sales from governments to outside investors, people familiar with the deal said. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "JPMorgan Trading Desk Lends Ukraine $350 Million," 14 Mar. 2019 Already, government ministries around the world are working to evaluate the impact of their programs, to make better use of their administrative data, and to draw ideas from outside research that might help improve their own services. Meagan Neal, Vox, "It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.," 21 Dec. 2018 The investigation, conducted by outside counsel, found insufficient evidence to substantiate allegations against Seacrest. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "Why People Are Pissed Ryan Seacrest Wore a Time's Up Bracelet to the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 The Moesgaard Museum is modern on the outside but full of history indoors. Thomas Kostigen, WSJ, "Denmark’s New Wave," 3 Dec. 2018 Jones is unselfish and perhaps a bit more athletic than his brother at the same stage, but hasn’t been as consistent of a shooter from outside to this point. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018 Surveillance video from outside RIVA Motorsports as well as from inside the business, at 3671 N. Dixie Highway, Deerfield Beach, recorded how two men entered the dealership as XXXTentacion shopped. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deadly ambush of XXXTentacion detailed in new court papers," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Two additional individuals were arrested outside for impeding vehicular traffic. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "7 Arrested by Baltimore Police, Breaking Up Monthlong Johns Hopkins Protests Against Private Police, ICE Contracts," 8 May 2019 But the first episode, which begins (after a prologue) inside the Chernobyl control room, as technicians try to understand a mysterious explosion outside, creates an excruciating atmosphere of tension and dread. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "HBO’s New Miniseries Chernobyl Will Give You Nightmares," 4 May 2019 The gymnasium was carpeted and cluttered with garbage, while food wrappers, cigarette butts and empty beer bottles lined the curb outside. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "A Charter-School Principal Won’t Go to Prison," 30 Apr. 2019 Taking trips to the beach, blasting country songs, making campfire recipes, hanging pretty string lights outside, and relaxing on fun pool floats are just a few of the summer activities that make warm weather and sunshine so enjoyable. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "50+ Summer Captions for Every Beach Photo You Post on Instagram," 5 Apr. 2019 To boil that down to actual hours, another study found that more than half of us log fewer than five hours a week outside. Brennan Kilbane And Theresa O'rourke, Allure, "The Best (Sort of) Free Ways to De-stress With Nature," 28 Mar. 2019 First, put your coat on, grab your keys and go stand outside for 30 seconds. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "9 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You, According to Experts," 25 Feb. 2019 In this release that means Files, a terminal app, Photos, Noise (music player), Code (previously known as Scratch), and then a few outside apps like the Epiphany Web browser and the Geary mail client. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 This proved especially dangerous for people who had to work outside: Several US workers died on the job from the heat this summer. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of outside

Noun

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

Adjective

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for outside

outside

noun

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

outside

adjective

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

outside

adverb

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

outside

preposition

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)

outside

noun
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.

outside

adjective

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

outside

adverb

Kids Definition of outside (Entry 3 of 4)

: outdoors entry 1 Let's play outside.

outside

preposition

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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