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

This will be part of the major shakeout of launch providers over the next few years. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Iranian launch failure, SpaceX rideshare business booming," 30 Aug. 2019 Amid all these broader shakeouts in the journalism market, it should be noted that the Times is not simply an incidental victor. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Here’s a Better Reason to Unsubscribe From The New York Times," 9 Aug. 2019 The industry shakeout has left shopping centers and Main Streets pocked with empty storefronts. Los Angeles Times, "Forever 21 seeks loan as cash dwindles ahead of holiday season," 9 Aug. 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 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 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 Political shakeouts No Olympics is without some political controversies. Sara Gaynes Levy, Glamour, "Your Winter Olympics Primer: The Big Stories to Watch for at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang," 7 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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The first known use of shakeout was in 1895

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