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shake·​out ˈshāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shakeout (audio)
: the failure or retrenchment of a significant number of firms in the economy or a sector or an industry that usually results in a depressed market
: a period or process in which the relatively weak or unessential are eliminated

shake out

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shook out; shaken out; shaking out; shakes out

intransitive verb

: to prove to be in the end : turn out
wait to see how things shake out

Examples of shakeout in a Sentence

Verb after hearing about all the elaborate planning, I can't wait to see how that wedding shakes out
Recent Examples on the Web
Indeed, the solar industry has proved resilient, coming back leaner and stronger from its painful shakeout a decade ago. Dickon Pinner, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2015 Does that mean a shakeout is coming for the CVC sector? Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2024
Depending on how the mayor’s race shakes out, a third newcomer could also be seated at the head of the dais. Shawn Raymundo, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has told his worried members to hold their fire for a few days to see how things shake out, according to two people who received the message. Leigh Ann Caldwell, Washington Post, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for shakeout 

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Word History

First Known Use


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shakeout was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Shakeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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