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outside

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noun out·side \ˌau̇t-ˈsīd, ˈau̇t-ˌsīd\

Definition of outside

  1. 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 statesb :  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. 2 :  an outer side or surface

  3. 3 :  an outer manifestation :  appearance

  4. 4 :  the extreme limit of a guess :  maximum the crowd numbered 10,000 at the outside

Examples of outside in a Sentence

  1. The house looks nice from the outside.

  2. painted the outside of the house

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First Known Use of outside

15th century


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outside

adjective out·side

Definition of outside

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side or surface the outside edgeb :  of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side of a curve or turnc :  of, relating to, or being on or near the outside an outside pitch

  2. 2a :  situated or performed outside a particular placeb :  connected with or giving access to the outside outside telephone line

  3. 3 :  maximum

  4. 4a :  not included or originating in a particular group or organization blamed the riot on outside agitatorsb :  not belonging to one's regular occupation or duties outside interests

  5. 5 :  barely possible :  remote an outside chance

  6. 6 :  made or done from the outside borrowed a basketball and practiced his outside shot

Examples of outside in a Sentence

  1. the outside edge of the foot

  2. She turned on the outside light to see what was making the noise.

  3. The phone will not let you make outside calls.

  4. The company hired an outside consultant.

  5. a businessman with few outside interests besides golf

  6. There were outside influences that affected his decision to retire early.

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First Known Use of outside

1634


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outside

adverb out·side

Definition of outside

  1. 1 :  on or to the outside

  2. 2 :  outdoors

Examples of outside in a Sentence

  1. The children love playing outside.

  2. It's nice outside, with not a cloud in the sky.

  3. He ran outside to see what the noise was about.

  4. He looked outside at the snow.

  5. The candy was hard outside but chewy inside.

  6. The car seemed in good condition outside.

First Known Use of outside

1813


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outside

preposition out·side

Definition of outside

  1. 1 —used as a function word to indicate movement to or position on the outer side of

  2. 2 :  beyond the limits of outside the scope of this report outside the law

  3. 3 :  except

Examples of outside in a Sentence

  1. We waited outside the store.

  2. He kept his hands outside his pockets.

  3. There was a dog barking outside the house.

  4. She finished the race five seconds outside the record.

  5. We live outside the city.

  6. I have never traveled outside the U.S. before.

  7. No one outside the group knew of their plans.

First Known Use of outside

1795


OUTSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

outside

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noun

Definition of outside for English Language Learners

  • the outside : an area around or near something (such as a building)

  • : an outer side, edge, or surface of something

outside

adjective

Definition of outside for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of outside for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of outside for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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outside

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noun out·side \au̇t-ˈsīd\

Definition of outside for Students

  1. 1 :  an outer side or surface The outside of the house needs painting.

  2. 2 :  the greatest amount or limit :  most The job will take a week at the outside.


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outside

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adjective out·side

Definition of outside for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being on the outside the outside edge

  2. 2 :  not belonging to a place or group outside influences

  3. 3 :  barely possible an outside chance


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outside

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adverb out·side

Definition of outside for Students

  1. :  1outdoors Let's play outside.


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outside

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preposition out·side

Definition of outside for Students

  1. 1 :  on or to the outside of outside the door

  2. 2 :  beyond the limits of outside the law



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