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

For the moment, Montreal is on the outside looking in at the playoffs. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Here's what you need to know about FC Cincinnati's match at Montreal Impact," 11 Sep. 2019 With China out of the picture there is essentially no market for plastic shipping pouches, especially since the stickers pasted on the outside are also hard to separate. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco is surviving the global recycling crisis. But it’s not easy," 9 Sep. 2019 Among those on the outside looking in, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is within striking distance of qualification. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Tom Steyer appears to qualify for October Democratic debate," 8 Sep. 2019 Black and Collins look like future pros on the outside. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football observations: Offense looks good vs. Middle Tennessee State," 31 Aug. 2019 Warm and genteel on the outside, Cockrell was known as a no-nonsense negotiator with a spine of steel. Carmina Danini, ExpressNews.com, "Lila Cockrell, San Antonio’s first female mayor, left a long and pioneering legacy," 29 Aug. 2019 While some saw Campbell as more of a gadget player, the Colts drafted him with the idea of developing him into a complete wide receiver with the skills to play on the outside as well as in the slot. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "3 things to watch as Colts take on Bengals in final preseason game," 27 Aug. 2019 At the top of the stretch they were challenged by Code of Honor, Owendale and Tax before Code of Honor slid past on the outside for the win. John Kekis, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby runner-up Code of Honor wins Travers Stakes," 24 Aug. 2019 Slowly but surely Leo has started to not only look better on the outside but truly feel better on the inside. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Sumo the big kitty and more up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The outside line of the track should be longer than the inside line. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Train Wheel Science," 12 Sep. 2019 And, frankly, a lot of outside reporting about Texas tacos is due to reporters visiting Austin for South by Southwest. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "America’s First Taco Editor Says That Burritos Are Actually Tacos," 12 Sep. 2019 The outage was not caused by any outside attack, Teets said, but rather was due to the failure of a system that routes service for the DAS’ network. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio’s execution method is constitutional, appeals court rules: Capitol Letter," 12 Sep. 2019 Here are some hints to help avoid a fire: ● Inspect the outside exhaust vent two to three times per year. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Beware a dryer fire!," 12 Sep. 2019 The outside temperature at the time was in the negative single digits. Amy Forliti, Twin Cities, "Charges: Woman locked son, 8, in cold garage, killing him," 11 Sep. 2019 Jones had raised more than $70,000 in outside contributions for his campaign for the Seminole County Judge seat, the most of the five registered candidates, election records show. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "Lawyer drops bid for Seminole County judge seat days before arrest in statutory rape of teen," 11 Sep. 2019 The biggest gotcha that many businesses will need to overcome with cloud services is the reliance on outside connectivity—so the connection between your business and the Internet needs to be more robust than it would otherwise be. Rob Pegoraro, Ars Technica, "“Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet," 10 Sep. 2019 Other preventive measures include covering skin with long-sleeved pants and shirts while outside and properly using insect repellent containing DEET. Fox News, "Rhode Island sees first EEE death since 2007, officials say," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Louisville has a tall task at home with No. 9 Notre Dame. CJ's Dominique Yates and Cameron Teague Robinson report from outside Cardinal Stadium. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Whose side are you on? Slugger Museum offers deals to Notre Dame fans during game week," 30 Aug. 2019 The man’s car was towed from outside Swift’s home after his arrest. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Man arrested after trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island home said he was there to marry her," 30 Aug. 2019 Stepping into the din are 100 interpreters — 40 from Japan and 60 from outside — handling 11 official languages for Tokyo: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. Washington Post, "Yes, Oui, Si, and Hai: Interpreters ready for Tokyo Olympics," 29 Aug. 2019 Officers responded to a residence Lish was known to frequent on the 2900 block of West 29th Avenue and announced their presence from outside. Anchorage Daily News, "Woman shoots man during argument in West Anchorage, police say," 29 Aug. 2019 The group wisely chose to embrace the sea in a way 1500 Ocean hadn’t; 60 percent of Serea’s 236 seats are outside. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With Serea, does the Hotel Del once again have a restaurant worthy of the setting?," 29 Aug. 2019 When team Pluto scored a point for finding an artifact, the team members watching from outside cheered like jubilant fans at a football game. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 The relocation of services from just outside the emergency department would allow for further expansion of the emergency department at a later time. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson requests approval from state to begin $108 million expansion," 22 Aug. 2019 So the questions and the challenges for both of them are coming from outside, a bit more existential, really, rather than marital. Clark Collis, EW.com, "The Crown star Tobias Menzies teases 'existential' crises for Prince Philip in season 3," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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