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Definition of bout noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a short period of great activity; a short period during which there is a lot of a particular thing, usually something unpleasant a drinking bout bout of something/of doing something the latest bout of inflation Regular exercise is better than occasional bouts of strenuous activity.
  2. 2an attack or period of illness bout (of something) a severe bout of flu/coughing He suffered occasional bouts of depression. bout with something a bout with the flu
  3. 3a boxing or wrestling match
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bout