shake·​out | \ ˈshāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shakeout (audio) \

Definition of shakeout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : a period or process in which the relatively weak or unessential are eliminated

shake out

shook out; shaken out; shaking out; shakes out

Definition of shake out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Synonyms for shakeout

Synonyms: Verb

come out, fall out, pan out, prove, turn out

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Examples of shakeout in a Sentence


after hearing about all the elaborate planning, I can't wait to see how that wedding shakes out

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Forever 21 is trying to avoid falling victim to the retail shakeout that destroyed dominant chains such as Borders Group and Sports Authority as consumers defected to online merchants., "Forever 21 officials approached landlords about buying a stake in the chain," 27 June 2019 These factors will lead to a greater shakeout among digital ad platforms. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "From Peanuts to $40 Billion, Amazon's Ad Business Set to Be the Next Great Disruptor," 25 June 2019 Like any marketplace with significant competition, a shakeout is coming. Ramona Sentinel, "Ask Mr. Marketing: I’m dropping my presidential bid," 25 June 2019 Now the head of a Chinese food delivery giant is making a big bet on one just as a shakeout is coming. Echo Huang, Quartz, "A Chinese food delivery billionaire is betting on a hybrid startup at a very tricky time," 18 June 2019 The leveraged loan market is relatively small, meaning any shakeout is less likely to affect broader markets, according to Moynihan. Bloomberg,, "Bank of America warns of possible ‘carnage’ linked to leveraged loans," 4 June 2019 The tepid retail real-estate market could see a further shakeout in the coming months if economic indicators continue to show that the U.S. economy is cooling. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Slowing Mall Rent Growth Poised for a Challenging 2019," 4 Jan. 2019 This is the beginning of the pharmacy industry shakeout . . Washington Post, "The Health 202: These are the five senators to watch in the Supreme Court nomination fight," 29 June 2018 Hopefully the crypto mania will result in a shakeout separating good investors set on improving society from the greedy hucksters masquerading behind that narrative. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, May 14," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of shakeout


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1982, in the meaning defined above

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