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

Synonyms for shakeout

Synonyms: Verb

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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: Noun In the months since, ESG has had something of a reckoning, and the shakeout is ongoing. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 22 June 2022 The shakeout will leave behind long-term HODLers who aren’t scared enough to offload their holdings. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 10 May 2022 The nature of that competition will follow a pattern of proliferation and shakeout. Peter Cohan, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Wagner was with Epic, which bought it; in a financial shakeout the next year, Epic would spin off the yard and other assets. al, 29 Apr. 2022 For a change of pace, an off-day shakeout, or a nontechnical adventure, spin the pavement and gravel to Ohio Pass. Outside Online, 1 June 2021 The industry had another shakeout in the late 1990s after the internet became a new means of shifting companies from providing physical software loads and started the industry towards online software applications as early service offerings. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 If nothing else, the massive shakeout has forced investors to look for more quality deals instead of throwing cash at the latest SPAC from an EV or media startup with no revenue, let alone profits. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The area has flat dirt trails, great for getting in a scenic shakeout run or a hike. Molly Hanson, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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27 Jun 2022

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“Shakeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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