pull·​out | \ˈpu̇l-ˌau̇t \

Definition of pullout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of pulling out: such as

a : the action in which an airplane goes from a dive to horizontal flight

b : pullback

2 : something that can be pulled out

pull out


Definition of pull out (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of pullout in a Sentence


A pullout of troops from the region has begun. the civil unrest has led the company to initiate a pullout of its operations in the region


the party's been fun, but it's time to pull out the aid workers have been advised to pull out of those regions to which the conflict has spread
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trump has vowed to continue to isolate Iran through U.S. sanctions that are being re-instated following the U.S. pullout from the nuclear agreement in May. The next round of sanctions will take effect in early November. Fox News, "Iran says it doesn't want war with the US," 28 Sep. 2018 The car's computer revealed that Jen had stopped on a gravel pullout some 70 feet from the cliff moments before the freefall, and then accelerated. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 That pullout was a bid to appease the minority group—which had been denied many basic rights such as getting a passport—and prevent the Kurds from joining the burgeoning antigovernment uprising at the time. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syria Pressures U.S.-Backed Kurds to Hand Over Control," 22 Aug. 2018 This bathroom is extra-kid-friendly, with low-profile vessel sinks and a pullout platform for shorties. Ayn-monique Tetreault-rooney Klahre, Woman's Day, "What's Your Decorating Style?," 9 Nov. 2010 Three key parties could be highly resistant to a unilateral pullout: Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Congress. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Conflicting Forces Pull at Trump on Nafta," 17 June 2018 Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the rebels’ joint operations room, said under the agreement, insurgents will begin to hand over some of their heavy weapons in return for a government pullout from several villages. Washington Post, "Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan," 6 July 2018 South Korean officials have said that North Korea is not insisting on a pullout of US troops during the latest round of negotiations with Seoul and Washington. Choe Sang-hun And Motoko Rich, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says troop removal not part of Korean talks," 4 May 2018 South Korean officials say North Korea is not insisting on a pullout of American troops during the latest round of negotiations with Seoul and Washington. New York Times, "Trump’s Talk of U.S. Troop Cuts Unnerves South Korea and Japan," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of pullout


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pullout was in 1825

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English Language Learners Definition of pullout

: an act of removing military troops from a position or an area

: a section of a newspaper, magazine, etc., that is meant to be removed and looked at separately

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