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Definition of outright adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    outright

     adverb
    adverb
    NAmE//ˌaʊtˈraɪt//
     
    , NAmE//ˈaʊtraɪt//
     
     
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  1. 1in a direct way and without trying to hide anything Why don't you ask him outright if it's true? She couldn't help herself and she laughed outright.
  2. 2clearly and completely Neither candidate won outright. The group rejects outright any negotiations with the government.
  3. 3not gradually; immediately Most of the crash victims were killed outright. We had saved enough money to buy the house outright.
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