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

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 Grill steaks over medium-high heat until outside is charred and inside is medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Steak Dinner," 3 Jan. 2019 The architects designed the home with a soothing neutral palette that starts on the outside with a light gray resin facade and steel roof. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living," 26 Dec. 2018 There are also plenty of items made from signature Bauhaus materials like concrete; Anita Riesch has made flower planters with ceramic nipples along the outside. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 In contrast, hackers infiltrate their targets from the outside and can operate outside the effective reach of American law enforcement. Nathaniel Zelinsky, Vox, "The case for not publishing hacked emails," 14 July 2018 The smaller Moyle darts around the outside with a lot of movement while Whitmire stands upright in the center and looks to time Moyle. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "UFC 226 live coverage: Round-by-round updates from each fight on the Miocic-Cormier card," 7 July 2018 Yet a few weeks into the 116th Congress, Democrats appear most interested in ideological purification, which from the outside looks a lot like self-destruction. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Make Trump Popular Again," 13 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Goldman plans to raise outside money for its special-situations group, according to people familiar with the matter. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs to Open Up In-House Moneymaker to Outside Investors," 12 Mar. 2019 The Sky Tower itself has an observatory deck for bonkers views of the city and Pacific ocean, and adrenaline junkies can strap in and walk along an outside ledge or bungee jump (!) off the tallest manmade structure in the country. Andrea Bartz, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Auckland, New Zealand," 11 Feb. 2019 That’s why universities are often insulated from the outside world. WSJ, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019 Roll second piece of dough into an 8-inch circle, transfer to pan, press around outside edge to stick the pieces together and seal in fruit. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "This French plum tart is a bit on the shy side," 11 Sep. 2018 The count went full before Miller seemingly painted the outside edge with a 95-mph dart. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller remains positive after rough return against Marlins," 25 June 2018 Ink Clothing Leverette recommends dipping a cotton swab in clear rubbing alcohol and gently lifting the stain from the outside edge toward the center, swapping swabs as soon as each absorbs the ink. NBC News, "How to get stains out of almost anything," 24 June 2018 The Yankees’ best chance came in the sixth when Judge reaped the reward for a patient approach, taking a full-count fastball from Font just off the outside edge to draw a two-out walk. New York Times, "Yankees’ Strategy, for Better or Worse: Take a Borderline Pitch," 23 June 2018 Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina jumped on a hanging slider just over the outside edge and sent an Arrieta pitch into the stands for the second time in three at-bats for a two-run homer that tied the game. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "Jake Arrieta still searching for return of early-season mojo," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

First, take it outside, brush off the mildew spores (a stiff brush works best) and sun dry the item for about three hours. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 In my apartment, outside, in stores, there really is no reprieve. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Most of them play characters who become trapped in a house together while trying to outrun the carnage taking place outside. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Sandra Bullock is the best part of Bird Box, Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller," 20 Dec. 2018 But the best surprise of the night was when Blake took me outside, away from everyone else. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 When that screening was done, detectives were outside. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Inside the Detective Work on the Jussie Smollett Case," 21 Feb. 2019 After signing the register, Eugenie and her groom, Jack Brooksbank, descended the stairs at St. George’s Chapel, stopping only briefly to kiss those gathered outside. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Eugenie Wears Peter Pilotto to Wed Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle," 12 Oct. 2018 To our right, there will often be a handful of friends gathered outside, playing guitars, maybe a harmonica, and singing. Anne Roderique-jones, Town & Country, "Porching Isn't Just a Southern Tradition—It's a Way of Life," 15 Aug. 2018 At the opening ceremony, known as El Chupinazo, a rocket is launched and wine is sprayed over the large crowds that gather outside Pamplona's city hall. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 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)

: 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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