out·side | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsīd , 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

consummate, last, max, maximum, most, nth, paramount, supreme, top, ultimate, utmost, uttermost

Synonyms: Adverb

alfresco, out, outdoors

Synonyms: Preposition

beyond, outside of, without

Antonyms: Noun

inside, interior

Antonyms: Adjective

least, minimal, minimum, slightest

Antonyms: Adverb


Antonyms: Preposition


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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

Seared slices of bigeye tuna got a tasty crunch thanks to the fried bubu rice crackers (picture crisped rice) coating the outside. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Urban Hibachi Sushi & Grill plates up elegant Japanese fare," 30 June 2018 In the end, Corgen chooses to return to the asylum instead of staying and discovering more about the world of the outside. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "The Smashing Pumpkins Bring the Horror in New 'Solara' Video: Watch," 28 June 2018 The Eagles have preferred Rasul Douglas on the outside, where his length is an asset. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Eagles make a change to training camp schedule | Early Birds," 26 June 2018 Directions: Take a 10- to 12-pound pork butt and pat the outside dry with a towel. Kelly Vaughan, courant.com, "BBQ Recipes," 22 June 2018 Do what the locals do: pick up a kolache and coffee and share a table outside for a quick al fresco breakfast. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 The hikes served as a nice demonstration that spending time outside is just as important for my yoga practice as going to a class. Annie Daly, SELF, "3 Low-Key Life-Changing Lessons I Learned at My First Kripalu Wellness Retreat," 6 June 2018 Notably the suggestion that firefighters spray water from the outside like the old timers did to knock down flames before going in. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018 For the unprepared, locks, suits and more are available to buy at a stand outside. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

He was ranked the No. 1 outside linebacker in Kentucky and the second-best overall prospect in the state by Scout. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "WKU linebacker Eli Brown granted immediate eligibility for 2018 season," 13 July 2018 After the complaint against her, West, Uber’s top lawyer who joined in November, enlisted Gibson Dunn, an outside law firm running independent investigations of Uber’s top executives. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Uber HR Head Quits After Accusations She Ignored Allegations of Racial Discrimination," 11 July 2018 Fowler left Uber before Hornsey joined the organization, but public backlash in the wake of Fowler’s blog post prompted Uber executives to hire an outside law firm to investigate the complaints. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Uber’s HR chief steps down after reportedly ignoring racial discrimination complaints," 11 July 2018 Ohio State has a continuing investigation by an outside law firm into allegations of abuse by Dr. Strauss that began on April 5, according to an Ohio State web page on the matter. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Former Ohio State Wrestlers Say Rep. Jim Jordan Knew of Team Doctor’s Alleged Misconduct," 5 July 2018 Specifically, outside linebackers like second-year player Tim Williams and third-year player Kamalei Correa need sacks. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Rebuilding the offense is fine, but the Ravens need to find pass rushers, too," 25 June 2018 But the Michigan State preferred walk-on will likely take the field as an outside linebacker this fall, coach Mark Dantonio announced in February. Brandon Folsom, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State walk-on Terry O'Connor stands out at All-Star Game," 23 June 2018 The University of Houston picked up a 2019 commitment Tuesday from Terrance Edgeston, an outside linebacker from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH lands commitment from JUCO linebacker," 19 June 2018 The Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on outside linebacker Shaq Thompson, their first-rounder in ’15. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Next Panthers lineman set to get high-dollar, long-term deal? He's focused on vacation," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Partially shaded area outside with at least two different ground covers (dirt, grass, rocks, concrete, etcetera) Preparation Find the line on the ground where an area in the sun meets an area in the shade. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 Some other senior managers have exited more recently, while the company has also recruited from outside. New York Times, "Cisco Chief Executive’s New Mantra: Simplify Computer Networks," 10 July 2018 Two small examples clarify that hope: one from outside, one from within. Timothy Morton, The Atlantic, "The Hurricane in My Backyard," 8 July 2018 In 2016 he was arrested at his home north of Los Angeles for an alleged assault with a deadly weapon, after a woman -- later identified as former beauty queen Baylee Curran -- called 911 from outside the house requesting help. CBS News, "Chris Brown arrested on felony battery charge after Florida concert," 6 July 2018 But by promoting Reirden rather than hiring from outside, there’s still someone who was instrumental to the postseason run. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Five things to know about Todd Reirden, the next Capitals head coach," 30 June 2018 If the Strawberry Moon isn't enough to get you outside, a different summer space show also begins tonight. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "See the Strawberry Moon and Saturn Together This Week," 27 June 2018 Such are the unglamorous realities of getting outside with the under-five set. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Hiking with Young Kids? Follow These Tips," 26 June 2018 Residents of Milton and Alpharetta will pay in-district fees, while those from outside the two cities will pay a 50 percent surcharge, to a maximum of $90, the agreement states. David Ibata, ajc, "Milton OKs STEM summer camps," 20 June 2018

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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)

the outside : 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 \

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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alleviating pain or harshness

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