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"outside" in British English

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outsideadjective, adverb, preposition

uk   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/ us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/
A1 not inside a building: It was a sunny day outside. Since it's such a nice day, let's eat/sit/go outside. an outside light/toilet
C1 [before noun] coming from another place or organization: The company has called in outside experts.
outside call/line
a phone call 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   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/
A2 not in a particular building or room, but near it: She sat for two hours on the floor outside his room.
A2 not in a particular place: Nobody outside this room must ever know what we have discussed.
not within or part of something: I'm afraid that would be outside my job description.
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   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/ us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/

outsideadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈaʊt.saɪd/ 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 outer part 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 radio linked small towns 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 baseball fans 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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