From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoutsideout‧side1 /aʊtˈsaɪd/ ●●● S1 W1 adverb, preposition 1 OUT/OUTSIDE a) not inside a building SYN outdoors OPP inside When we got up, it was still dark outside. Go and play outside. b) not inside a building or room but close to it Could you wait outside please. I’ll meet you outside the theatre at two o'clock.outside of American English Several people were standing in the hallway outside of his room. c) out of a building or room We went outside to see what was happening. I opened the door and looked outside.2 OUT/OUTSIDE a) not in a particular city, country etc She often travels outside the UK. b) close to a place, city etc but not in it We camped a few miles outside the town. Bolton is a mill town just outside Manchester.outside of American English Maritza, 19, lives in Everett, outside of Boston.3 OUT/OUTSIDEbeyond the limits or range of a situation, activity etc OPP within → beyond It’s outside my experience, I’m afraid.outside of especially American English children born outside of marriage4 OUT/OUTSIDEif someone is outside a group of people, an organization etc, they do not belong to it Few people outside the government realized what was happening.from outside (something) The university administrators ignored criticism from outside. Management consultants were brought in from outside the company.5 → outside of somebody/something6 if the time that someone takes to do something, especially finish a race, is outside a particular time, it is greater than that time He finished in 10 minutes 22.4 seconds, 4 seconds outside the record.THESAURUSoutside not inside a building, but usually close to itWhy don’t you go outside and play?He was standing outside, smoking a cigarette.out outside – used mainly before the following prepositions or adverbsWe slept out under the stars.Don’t stand out in the rain – come inside.I can hear somebody out there.outdoors/out of doors away from buildings and in the open air – used especially when talking about pleasant or healthy things you do outsideIn the summer, we like to eat outdoors.Kids should spend as much time out of doors as possible.in the open air outside where the air is freshIt’s good to exercise in the open air.Leave the wood to dry slowly in the open air.al fresco outside – used when talking about eating outsideWe prefer to dine al fresco.
Examples from the Corpusoutside• It's cold outside.• It's such a nice day. Why don't you play outside?• Lonnie, take the dog outside.• There were a couple of guards standing outside.• When I woke up it was still dark outside.• Could I speak with you outside in the hall for just a minute?• Outside, joggers in shorts and t-shirts ran by.outside of• They painted the outside of the house green.just outside• M., leased a $ 450,000 house in Conyers, just outside Atlanta.• A week earlier, there was another kidnapping at a Happy Eater just outside Bicester.• Fifty vehicles were involved, ten people were killed, many more hurt on the motorway just outside Swindon.• I found the stairs and headed down, catching her at the water fountain just outside the locker rooms.• Morrison, in seclusion at his home just outside the northeastern Oklahoma town of Jay, was not at the news conference.• Knock in rows of pegs just outside the patio boundary.• Williams fouled Hendrie just outside the penalty area on the Middlesbrough left.from outside (something)• Another growling seemed to be coming from outside, and the sound of something breathing heavily.• And maybe when a government has to defend its existence from outside enemies, that speeds up the process.• Scaffold stolen: Aluminium scaffolding worth more than £1,000 has been stolen from outside Evenwood Community Centre.• Moreover, club directors were tolerably insulated from outside pressure.• Viewed from outside the confines of that self-absorbed city, Muni is an expense and a nightmare that brings virtually no benefit.• The catalyst for change, perhaps not surprisingly, has come from outside the family.• The tragedy is now being pieced together from a variety of reports from outside the immediate impact area.outsideout‧side2 /ˈaʊtsaɪd/ ●●● S2 W2 adjective [only before noun] 1 OUT/OUTSIDEnot inside a building OPP inside We turned off the outside lights and went to bed. The house will need a lot of outside repairs before we can sell it.2 INCLUDEinvolving people who do not belong to the same group or organization as you Outside observers said the election was free and fair. Consultants were brought in to provide some outside advice.3 → the outside world4 → outside interests/experiences etc5 → an outside chance6 → outside line/call etc7 → an outside figure/estimate etc8 → the outside lane
Examples from the Corpusoutside• In most cases allowances to members apply when the councillor attends such outside bodies.• There were seven applicants for the position, including three outside candidates.• The government uses outside contractors for some of the work.• We plan to hire an outside design team to produce our brochures.• Steve Cooper was standing in an outside doorway of the building he owns in downtown Olympia.• Investigators have concluded that outside influence drove numerous personnel decisions and resulted in slanted broadcasts.• Both sides say they are opposed to any outside interference in the conflict.• Outside observers believe that the election was conducted fairly.• You reach the apartment by going up an outside staircase at the back of the building.• The apartment is reached by an outside stairway.• an outside toilet• When my dad was growing up, they only had an outside toilet.outsideout‧side3 /aʊtˈsaɪd, ˈaʊtsaɪd/ ●●● S3 noun 1 → the outside2 → on the outside3 → at the (very) outside
Examples from the Corpusoutside• From the outside, the glass wall allows a lighted view of all three levels of the arena.• Write a number on the outside of each box.• In some countries it is only permissible to pass on the outside.• Election officials check the signatures on the outside of the envelope against a master file of signatures.• It would also involve such measures as not purchasing a bag with a mobile phone holder prominently attached to the outside.