Definition of “output” - English Dictionary

“output” in British English

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outputnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈaʊt.pʊt/ us /ˈaʊt.pʊt/

C2 an amount of something produced by a person, machine, factory, country, etc.:

Last year manufacturing output fell by 14 percent.

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  • We have tripled our output over the past two years.
  • What is the total oil output from the British sector of the North Sea?
  • If they want to increase output from the factory, they'll have to modernize.
  • High inflation coupled with low output spells disaster for the government in the election.
  • Using a single chip reduces the noise on the output signal by 90%.

(Definition of “output” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“output” in American English

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outputnoun [ U ]

us /ˈɑʊtˌpʊt/

(Definition of “output” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“output” in Business English

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uk /ˈaʊtpʊt/ us

[ C or U ] ECONOMICS, PRODUCTION the amount of goods and services, or waste products, that are produced by a particular economy, industry, company, or worker:

Monetary policy can be used to help to stabilize output and employment in an economy.
To become more effective, we need to focus more on outputs and revenues.
output of sth Relative to its GDP, Europe's output of IT hardware is only a fraction of that of America.
boost/increase/raise output Oil prices fell by $1 following Opec's decision to boost output by 500,000 barrels a day.
reduce/cut/limit output The Kyoto deal aimed to reduce the developed world's output of greenhouse gases by 5.2%.
output falls/declines/is down Forecasters at the OECD expect that output in the euro zone will fall by 5.3% in the coming year.
output rises/grows/is up According to a report by the Confederation of British Industry, factory output has risen in much of Britain over the past three months.
an increase/rise/fall in output Biggest falls in output during October were in the consumer durables, capital goods, and manufacturing sectors.
output per hour/employee/worker

[ U ] IT information or images that are produced by a computer or printer:

[ S or U ] the amount of energy, for example, heat or electricity, that is produced by a piece of equipment:

A high-power output of 2300W (230V) on each channel makes it possible to connect nearly any device.

[ C ] IT the part of a piece of electrical equipment where power, energy, or sound leaves it:

Linking your sound card to the speaker outputs on your receiver may cause damage to the card when you turn the volume up.

outputverb [ T ]

uk /ˈaʊtpʊt/ us outputting, output, output

IT when a computer or printer outputs information or images, it produces them on paper or on screen :

Once the printer has been installed, it will output a test document.

(Definition of “output” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)