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

Shinekwa Kershaw, 27, stood outside Armageddon armed with an umbrella, a lawn chair and a bottle of spray sunscreen. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Friday the 13th, a ‘Tattoo Holiday’," 13 July 2018 The Washington Post's Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky have reported this person is Roger Stone, a Trump confidant who served as an outside adviser for the campaign. Amber Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "6 questions about the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking," 13 July 2018 Today, thanks to a lean operation of just two full-time employees, CONCIERGEpad is already profitable without any outside investment — though Perez does expect to seek investors for its national expansion. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 The criteria for evaluating employee recordings is unclear, as are several major details about the proposal, such as how long the recordings would be kept on file and whether outside parties could access them. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Walmart patents audio surveillance technology to record customers and employees," 13 July 2018 Some Poles are hopeful the outside pressure will influence PiS – but not Gersdorf. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 And in the aftermath of the 2016 election, both campaign finance experts and GOP operatives were warning that outside money is only effective if candidates themselves also raise cash. Alana Abramson, Time, "This Republican Super PAC Raised $51 Million to Try and Save the Party's House Majority," 12 July 2018 Republican consultant Larry Shaheen said the money on both sides could be dwarfed by outside spending by parties and other groups. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why one GOP strategist says ‘Republicans are going to have to work harder than ever’," 12 July 2018 Maeda spotted a slider on the outside corner to Myers. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Last year, the companies conducted a monthlong trial in Ann Arbor, and the big questions revolved around whether customers would be put off by the idea of having to walk outside and collect a pizza from the back of a car. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Pizza Delivery Gears Up for a Driverless Era," 26 June 2018 Dayana said the shelter celebrated the Fourth of July holiday, and the youths went outside to watch a nearby fireworks show. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 The stepfather placed the boy in bed upstairs and then went outside to smoke a cigarette, Walker said. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Police investigating death of boy, 6, in Southwest Philly," 12 July 2018 As Barbour walked outside to her car after the visit, Garcia lingered on the front porch. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Isolated seniors receive help from Meals on Wheels San Antonio," 6 July 2018 With record-breaking temperatures expected across the country this Fourth of July, going outside for a run seems daunting. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Cool Down as the Temperatures Heat Up With This Pool Workout — No Backstroke Required," 3 July 2018 Or walk outside to the garden patio, full of strawberries (help yourself), flowers, birds, fish ponds and old fishing gear, overlooking wooden docks and a wide, peaceful expanse of Humboldt Bay. Richard Stenger, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 At the time of her death, Mirack was dressed up to go outside, wearing gloves and a coat, authorities said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Teacher was raped and murdered in 1992. Gum left at a school just caught the killer, Pa. cops say," 27 June 2018 Go outside to the driveway and the yard, and do the same. Scott Nordlund, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to make an estate plan in just 10 steps," 21 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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