outside Definition

  • 1the external side or surface of something
  • 2the part of the world that is not inside a building or vehicle
  • 3beyond the limits or scope of something

Using outside: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "outside" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The outside of the house needs painting.

  • Example

    It's raining outside.

  • Example

    We need to look for solutions outside of the box.

  • Example

    He is outside waiting for us.

outside Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using outside

  • apart from, except for


    Outside of work, he enjoys playing video games and watching movies.

  • being excluded from a group or situation, and therefore having a limited understanding of it


    As an outsider looking in, I can see that there are some serious communication issues within the team.

  • thinking creatively, unconventionally, or from a new perspective


    We need to come up with some outside-the-box ideas if we want to stand out from our competitors.

Phrases with outside

  • appearing a certain way to others, but not necessarily reflecting one's true feelings or intentions


    On the outside, she seemed calm and collected, but inside she was a nervous wreck.

  • a small possibility or likelihood of something happening


    There's an outside chance that we'll finish the project on time, but it's unlikely.

  • the world beyond a particular place or situation, especially when it is seen as different or unfamiliar


    After being in prison for so long, he found it hard to adjust to the outside world.


Summary: outside in Brief

The term 'outside' [ˌaʊtˈsaɪd] refers to the external side or surface of something, the part of the world that is not inside a building or vehicle, and beyond the limits or scope of something. It can be used as a noun, adjective, adverb, or preposition. Phrases like 'on the outside' and 'outside chance' add nuance to its meaning, while idioms like 'outside of' and 'outside the box' extend its usage.

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