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: 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 But the many private-sector startups are vulnerable to a shakeout, and steep drops in share prices in September had some investors questioning the prospects of smaller Chinese contenders., "How the Virus Can Stall China’s Electric Vehicle Plan," 24 Apr. 2020 The shakeout covered a large swath of territory outside San Antonio, forcing parents to make difficult decisions on tight deadlines. Krista Torralva,, "More rural school districts in San Antonio area throw in the towel on remote learning," 28 Dec. 2020 But both Volkswagen and Hyundai have since embraced other partners amid the wider industry shakeout, and Volkswagen is no longer working with Aurora. New York Times, "Uber, After Years of Trying, Is Handing Off Its Self-Driving Car Project," 7 Dec. 2020 In some markets, like New York, there will be a large decrease in total hotel rooms before the shakeout is over. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "As COVID-19 shuts malls and hotels, their owners fall behind on loans, setting the stage for a changed landscape," 13 Nov. 2020 The shakeout across the country is already causing hotels to lose 20% to 30% of their value, according to the Avison Young brokerage firm. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "As COVID-19 shuts malls and hotels, their owners fall behind on loans, setting the stage for a changed landscape," 13 Nov. 2020 No one knows when the next conference shakeout will occur, or where. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Could UC Bearcats football benefit from an 8-team playoff payoff?," 10 Nov. 2020 The companies stock price has fallen from about $4.75 per share to under $1 per share over its 16 months as a public company, amid an industry shakeout that is complicated by disparate state and federal laws and regulation. Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune, "Minnesota cannabis company Vireo gives retail outlets a new name, Green Goods," 16 Sep. 2020 Analysts have long predicted a shakeout in malls and strip shopping centers serving less affluent areas, which dominate CBL’s roster. Arkansas Online, "Little Rock's Park Plaza mall owner files for bankruptcy protection," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of shakeout was in 1895

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3 Feb 2021

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“Shakeout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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