out|side1 W1S1 [autˈsaıd] adv, prep
a) not inside a building
≠ ↑inside
When we got up, it was still dark outside.
Go and play outside.
see usage noteout1
b) not inside a building or room but close to it
Could you wait outside please.
I'll meet you outside the theatre at 2 o'clock.
outside of AmE
Several people were standing in the hallway outside of his room.
c) out of a building or room
We went outside to see what was happening.
I opened the door and looked outside.
a) not in a particular city, country etc
She often travels outside the UK.
b) close to a place, city etc but not in it
We camped a few miles outside the town.
Bolton is a mill town just outside Manchester.
outside of AmE
Maritza, 19, lives in Everett, outside of Boston.
3.) beyond the limits or range of a situation, activity etc
≠ ↑within
It's outside my experience, I'm afraid.
outside of
especially AmE
children born outside of marriage
4.) if someone is outside a group of people, an organization etc, they do not belong to it
Few people outside the government realized what was happening.
from outside (sth)
The university administrators ignored criticism from outside.
Management consultants were brought in from outside the company.
5.) outside of sb/sth
informal especially AmE apart from a particular person or thing
= ↑except
Outside of love, the best thing you can give a child is attention.
I'm taking one big trip this summer, but outside of that I'll be around.
6.) if the time that someone takes to do something, especially finish a race, is outside a particular time, it is greater than that time
He finished in 10 minutes 22.4 seconds, 4 seconds outside the record.
outside 2
out|side2 W2S2 [ˈautsaıd] adj [only before noun]
1.) not inside a building
≠ ↑inside
We turned off the outside lights and went to bed.
The house will need a lot of outside repairs before we can sell it.
2.) involving people who do not belong to the same group or organization as you
Outside observers said the election was free and fair.
Consultants were brought in to provide some outside advice.
3.) the outside world
the rest of the world
The city is largely cut off from the outside world.
computers linked by modems to the outside world
4.) outside interests/experiences etc
interests, experiences etc that are not part of your work or studying
Children should be encouraged to take up outside interests, such as music or sport.
5.) an outside chance
a very small possibility that something will happen
Ireland still have an outside chance of winning.
6.) outside line/call etc
a telephone line or telephone call which is to or from someone who is not inside a particular building or organization
Dial '9' before the number when making outside calls.
7.) an outside figure/estimate etc
a number or amount that is the largest something could possibly be
8.) the outside lane
BrE the ↑lane that is nearest the middle of the road
the inside lane
outside 3
out|side3 [autˈsaıd, ˈautsaıd] n
1.) the outside
a) the part or surface of something that is furthest from the centre
≠ ↑inside the outside of
The outside of the house was painted white.
b) the area around something such as a building, vehicle etc
≠ ↑inside from the outside
From the outside, it looked like any other big warehouse.
c) someone who is on or from the outside is not involved in an activity or does not belong to a particular group, organization etc
≠ ↑inside from the outside
Influences from the outside can undermine the values you want to teach your children.
on the outside
To anyone on the outside, our marriage seemed perfect.
2.) on the outside
a) used to describe the way someone appears to be or to behave
Ken was furious, but forced himself to appear calm on the outside.
b) not in prison
Life on the outside was not as easy as he'd first thought.
c) BrE if a car passes another car on the outside, it passes on the driver's side
3.) at the (very) outside
used to say that a particular number or amount is the largest something could possibly be, and it might be less
= ↑at the most
It's only a 20-minute walk, half an hour at the outside.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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