walk·​out | \ ˈwȯk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce walkout (audio) \

Definition of walkout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the action of leaving a meeting or organization as an expression of disapproval

walk out

walked out; walking out; walks out

Definition of walk out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to leave suddenly often as an expression of disapproval
2 : to go on strike
walk out on
: to leave in the lurch : abandon, desert

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Examples of walkout in a Sentence

Noun Hundreds of workers staged a walkout to protest conditions in the factory. after four weeks of the walkout, management gave in Verb we simply walked out after waiting half an hour for someone to come and serve us the salesclerks walked out upon learning of the second pay cut in six months
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Opposition politicians from the Indian Congress Party and the All India United Democratic Front staged a walkout during the discussion of the bill. Rhea Mogul And Swati Gupta, CNN, "Indian state bans government-run Islamic schools from teaching religious scripture," 31 Dec. 2020 Protests erupted Friday at Stanford University Medical Center Hospital in California, where frontline medical residents and fellows staged a walkout in frustration over the hospital's botched Covid-19 vaccine distribution. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on Covid vaccine distribution and second stimulus checks," 19 Dec. 2020 Outraged House Republicans staged a walkout when McCloskey was seated. John Mccormack, National Review, "Will House Democrats Seat the Iowa Republican Who Won by Six Votes?," 18 Dec. 2020 Thousands of Google employees staged a walkout in 2018 in protest over the way the company handled the cases of Rubin and others. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Alphabet, shareholders settle in lawsuits over sexual harassment at Google," 25 Sep. 2020 And in 2018, the issue hit a new boiling point when 20,000 Google workers staged a walkout to protest the company’s mismanagement of employee complaints. Fortune, "Alphabet to fund $310 million diversity initiative to settle sexual misconduct lawsuit from shareholders," 25 Sep. 2020 And last week, all 13 teams staged a walkout to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. CBS News, "The "underrated" Stephen Curry," 30 Aug. 2020 In June, employees staged a virtual walkout to protest Mr. Zuckerberg’s decisions regarding Mr. Trump’s posts. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth," 24 Nov. 2020 The walkout had to do fighting a carbon tax backed by Brown, but also delayed a vote on funding social services. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon lawmakers approve food relief as time runs out for more emergency aid," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of walkout


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of walkout was in 1840

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Walkout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkout. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of walkout

: a strike by workers
: the act of leaving a meeting or organization as a way of showing disapproval


walk·​out | \ ˈwȯk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce walkout (audio) \

Kids Definition of walkout

1 : a labor strike
2 : the act of leaving a meeting or organization to show disapproval


walk·​out | \ ˈwȯk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce walkout (audio) \

Legal Definition of walkout

1 : strike
2 : the action of leaving a meeting or organization as an expression of disapproval

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