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adjective, adverb, noun, preposition outside pronunciation in American English /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/outside pronunciation in American English /ˈaʊtˌsaɪd/
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Outside can be used in the following ways:
as a preposition (followed by a noun): He was sitting at a table outside the café.
as an adverb (without a following noun): Why don’t you go and play outside?It’s cold outside.
as an adjective (before a noun): the outside wall of the building
as a singular noun: The house doesn’t look very impressive from the outside.
in the preposition phrase outside of: We usually hold meetings outside of business hours.He has told no one outside of a few close friends.
  1. 1
    used for saying where someone/something is
    1. a.
      not inside a building
      Outside the sun was shining.
      I could hear the sound of voices coming from somewhere outside.
    2. b.
      close to a place, building, or room but not in it
      Three police cars were parked outside their house.
      We waited outside in the hallway until it was our turn to go in.
      A crowd had gathered outside the gates of the U.S. embassy.
      The exhibition will open on a site just outside Paris.
    3. c.
      away from a particular country, area, or town
      outside of: Her name is almost unknown outside of Latin America.
      The air is much cleaner outside Los Angeles.
  2. 2
    moving or looking out of somewhere
    1. a.
      moving or looking out of a building or room
      I walked over to the window and looked outside.
      Let’s go outside and sit in the sun.
      Residents were warned not to venture outside their homes.
    2. b.
      moving out of a country, area, or town
      Emily Brontë had never traveled outside Yorkshire.
  3. 3
    used for referring to the outer part or surface of something
    outside wall/surface/shell etc.: The outside walls were painted gray.
    First remove the outside skin of the onion.
    the outside of something: The outside of the house is in urgent need of repair.
  4. 4
    not within the limits of something
    1. a.
      not within the limits of a particular time, range, or situation
      classes held outside normal school hours
      The failure was caused by circumstances outside our control.
      Until then love was something outside my experience.
    2. b.
      not within the limits of a particular subject or activity
      George’s passion outside business is playing.
      outside of: mathematical discoveries that will have a big impact outside of mathematics
  5. 5
    except a particular thing or person
    outside of: I seldom meet anyone outside of the people I work with.
  6. 6
    not within a particular group or organization
    1. a.
      used for saying what is done or known by people who are not in a particular group or organization
      Observers outside the government believe the program is a waste of money.
      The secret was never revealed outside the family circle.
    2. b.
      used for referring to people who do not belong to a particular group or organization
      outside help/interference/influence etc.: State governors resent outside interference from Washington.
      outside experts/contractors/advisers etc. (=ones not employed by the organization): The department has commissioned outside contractors to do the job.
      from outside: The company brought in advisers from outside.



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