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

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

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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 That includes the state’s top prospect in five-star Alabaster outside linebacker Jeremiah Alexander. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 2 June 2021 Watkins, a cousin of Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins, doesn’t appear to be a candidate to compete for snaps in the slot after playing primarily on the outside in college. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2021 Connecticut will lift mask requirements for outside in mid-May, along with transitioning indoor mask rules from mandate to guidance. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021 The shooting occurred during a shift change at the FedEx plant, and many workers were either just arriving to the facility or outside on break when the shooting began in the parking lot, workers told IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network. Lawrence Andrea, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2021 Attire varied among those outside exercising from shorts and T-shirts, to those in winter mode with jackets, scarves and gloves. courant.com, 9 Mar. 2021 Detective Eric Knudson shot Leslie Furcron with the less-lethal round during a large protest May 30 outside La Mesa Police Department headquarters. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2021 For those living in houses with backyards who need warm slippers for the outside as well, a pair that travels is in order, especially when the forecast calls for rain or snow. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 20 Feb. 2021 As evidenced by the base camp set outside of Westview, a military unit is carefully monitoring Wanda's chaos magic from the outside. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 24 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So already North Korea was looking very insularly how to isolate themselves from the outside world. CBS News, 9 June 2021 The shutdown was like the closing iris at the end of a Chaplin film, less and less of the outside world peeking out through the aperture of sight each day. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 For example, consider the surge of interest in the claim that the coronavirus reached the outside world through a release — accidental or deliberate — from a virus laboratory in Wuhan, China. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Scars are part of life, or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe, and it’s the human body’s way of forming a barrier between the wound and the dirty outside world. Mike Wehner, BGR, 3 June 2021 Like entanglement, the superposed states essential to its power are fragile, collapsing when measured or otherwise perturbed by the outside world. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 3 June 2021 For a shy kid who prefers to stay home, Twitter and Instagram can be the best way to communicate with the outside world. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 2 June 2021 But live music possesses a magic that turns strangers into siblings, transporting people away from the outside world and even the thoughts within their minds, and into a moment in time, connected to one another. Bryan C. Parker, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2021 In an effort to reassure the outside world that traveling to Greece is safe, Mr. Mitsotakis earlier this month decided to break with vaccinating people by age group, the common practice in Europe. Apostolis Fotiadis, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Later tonight, Nelson will go back outside for his nightly appointment with the stars. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2021 Officials agreed to an earlier meal break but changed course three days later and, according to the lawsuit, Muslim workers who were told to go outside to pray weren't allowed back into the plant. Thomas Peipert, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 If governments have the resources to adopt a TTIP program, LFDs offer an additional line of defense which allows for people to go outside more safely. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Their goal went from encouraging people to go outside during the pandemic to simply educating others about wildlife. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 28 May 2021 Remember, your dog will not be able to go outside during the storm. Orlando Sentinel Staff, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 After a brief investigation, Johnson said the father, who is a law enforcement officer, had briefly left the baby unattended in the home to go outside and move a sprinkler in the yard. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 26 May 2021 Unable to go outside or socialize because of his compromised immune system, Luke is almost afraid of his own shadow at this point, Denise joked. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Go to sleep, go outside, go exercise—just don’t follow the swings of the market. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Most activities outside the home involved going to church or being with her family. oregonlive, 30 May 2021 That way the dogs can hopefully establish a friendship outside the home, on neutral territory. cleveland, 30 May 2021 Local officials, law enforcement officers and members of the local chapter of the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club met them outside the home. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 29 May 2021 On several occasions, Matthews said, Bonnie has smashed catmint bushes outside their home trying to pounce on insects and salamanders. Terry Ward, CNN, 29 May 2021 Troopers found Russel Payne, 43, lying on his back outside his home. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 29 May 2021 The police arrived and shot video of Cox on the curb outside the home. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 29 May 2021 Mosby has said his supporters have gone too far, protesting outside her home, putting flyers on her neighbor’s car and interrupting her at community events. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 28 May 2021 So the Gurungs developed a plan to raise $13,000 and have their family of four work alongside the villagers to dig trenches for an underground pipe network that will bring water from a nearby river to spigots outside each home. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021

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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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The first known use of outside was in the 15th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Outside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outside. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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