Definition of outing noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    outing

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    NAmE//ˈaʊt̮ɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1 [countable] outing (to…) a trip that you go on for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than one day synonym excursion We went on an outing to the park. a family outing Thesaurustripjourney tour commute expedition excursion outingThese are all words for an act of traveling to a place.trip an act of traveling from one place to another, and usually back again:a business trip a five-minute trip by taxijourney an act of traveling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart:a long and difficult journey across the mountainstrip or journey?A trip usually involves you going to a place and back again; a journey is usually one-way. A trip is often shorter than a journey, although it does not have to be:a trip to New York a round-the-world trip. It is often short in time, even if it is long in distance. Journey is more often used when the traveling takes a long time and is difficult.tour a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:a tour of Californiacommute the regular trip that a person makes when they travel to work and back home again:a two-hour commute into downtown Washingtonexpedition an organized journey with a particular purpose, especially to find out about a place that is not well known:the first expedition to the South Poleexcursion a short trip made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people:We went on an all-day excursion to the island.outing a short trip made for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than a day:My project team organized an afternoon outing to celebrate.Patterns an overseas trip/journey/tour/expedition a bus/train trip/journey/tour to go on a(n) trip/journey/tour/expedition/excursion/outing to set out/off on a(n) trip/journey/tour/expedition/excursion to take a(n) trip/journey/expedition/excursion
  2. 2[countable] (sport) (informal) an occasion when someone takes part in a competition
  3. 3 [uncountable, countable] the practice of naming people as homosexual in public, when they do not want anyone to know
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