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Meaning of “outside” in the English Dictionary

"outside" in British English

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outsideadjective, adverb, preposition

uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/
A1 not inside a ​building: It was a ​sunnyday outside. Since it's such a ​niceday, let's ​eat/​sit/go outside. an outside ​light/​toiletC1 [before noun] coming from another ​place or ​organization: The ​company has called in outside ​experts.outside call/line a ​phonecall or ​connection going outside the ​place where you are [before noun] the most that would be ​accepted or ​possible: The outside ​limit/​figure would be $350.

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outsideadverb, preposition

uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/
A2 not in a ​particularbuilding or ​room, but near it: She ​sat for two ​hours on the ​floor outside his ​room.A2 not in a ​particularplace: Nobody outside this ​room must ​everknow what we have ​discussed. not within or ​part of something: I'm ​afraid that would be outside my ​jobdescription.outside of mainly US except for: Outside of us three, no one ​knows anything about the ​problem, ​yet.

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outsidenoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/

outsideadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈaʊt.saɪd/
(Definition of outside from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outside" in American English

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outsidenoun [U]

 us   /ˈɑʊtˈsɑɪd, ˈɑʊtˌsɑɪd/
  • outside noun [U] (OUTER PART)

the ​outerpart of something, or the ​area or ​side that ​faces out or can be ​seen: She ​stood in the ​snow on the outside, ​watching him.

outsidepreposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˌɑʊtˈsɑɪd, ˈɑʊtˌsɑɪd/
  • outside preposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable] (NOT PART OF SOMETHING)

not within or ​part of something: I ​live just outside (of) Baltimore. Cars, ​movies, and ​radiolinkedsmalltowns to the outside ​world.outside of Outside of ​means other than or except for: There are few ​cities outside of Boston, New York, and Chicago where ​baseballfans get this ​excited.

outsideadjective

 us   /ˌɑʊtˈsɑɪd, ˈɑʊtˌsɑɪd/
  • outside adjective (SLIGHT)

slight, ​small, or ​unlikely: There’s an outside ​chance that Boston will make it to the ​playoffs.
(Definition of outside from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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