shake·​out | \ˈshāk-ˌau̇t \

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

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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

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 The great meal-kit shakeout continues as Kroger plans to buy Home Chef for at least $200 million. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A federal judge tells Trump that blocking people from viewing his Twitter feed is unconstitutional," 24 May 2018 Best Buy, which was left for dead six years ago, has bucked the retail shakeout by ramping up its e-commerce efforts, promising to match Amazon on price and taking market share from competitors. David Pierce, WSJ, "Retail Rivals Amazon and Best Buy Team Up to Sell Smart TVs," 18 Apr. 2018 Oregon’s wineries, breweries and distilleries have experienced some of the same kind of shakeout over time. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "One Consequences of Cannabis Legalization is Market Saturation," 21 Apr. 2018 There was a massive shakeout in this profession in 2008. R. Daniel Foster,, "Reality Realty: 'This Old House' earns its 'classic' status from solid construction," 30 Mar. 2018 The tight market conditions are producing a shakeout among auto makers here, with those unable to launch new products quickly struggling to defend their market share. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Auto Sales Grow in China, but Not for Ford," 9 Mar. 2018 Tug-of-war plays out as equities crumble amid higher yields CPI release is ahead, expected to show slowdown from December The tug-of-war between stocks and bonds is at the heart of the shakeout roiling financial markets., "Bond-Stock Clash Has Just Begun as Inflation Looms," 11 Feb. 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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