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 Of late, the lidar industry has shown signs of consolidation, and some see a shakeout coming. Alex Davies, Wired, "There Are Too Many Lidar Companies. They Can't All Survive," 8 Jan. 2020 Many of those cuts are blamed on the trade war, as well as a shakeout in some industries, such as retailing, energy and manufacturing. Susan Tompor,, "Susan Tompor: How do you make more money when the Fed cuts rates?," 20 Sep. 2019 An industry shakeout lies ahead as novice Chinese producers that rushed into the market are forced to merge or close. Joe Mcdonald,, "China’s electric car sales slump, squeezing auto makers," 10 Dec. 2019 Analysts predict the market for smallsat launches is headed for a shakeout that will leave only a few companies standing. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Rocket startup Relativity raises $140 million — enough to fund its first launch," 1 Oct. 2019 More on the Economy Earlier this week, stock markets across the globe suffered their biggest shakeout since February on concerns around the steep climb in bond yields, higher oil prices and building trade tensions. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Sentiment Cooled Slightly in Early October," 12 Oct. 2018 An industry shakeout is coming Some companies will adapt to new technologies, but some won’t be able to invest enough to stay competitive. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "The Concept Cars Gleam, but Executive Dread Clouds the Frankfurt Auto Show," 13 Sep. 2019 The industry shakeout has left shopping centers and Main Streets pocked with empty storefronts. Fortune, "Will Forever 21 Seek Bankruptcy Protection?," 29 Aug. 2019 Many of those cuts are blamed on the trade war, as well as a shakeout in some industries, such as retailing, energy and manufacturing. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How do you make more money when the Fed cuts rates?," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Shakeout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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