outlaw

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈaʊtlɔː/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈaʊtˌlɔ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(outlô′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
out•law /ˈaʊtˌlɔ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a criminal, esp. one who is running away and hiding to avoid being captured by legal authorities.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make unlawful or illegal:Abortion was outlawed in that state.
  2. to prohibit:to outlaw smoking in a theater.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an outlaw:the outlaw society in the early days of the Old West; the dictator's outlaw regime.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
out•law  (outlô′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a lawless person or habitual criminal, esp. one who is a fugitive from the law.
  2. a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law.
  3. a person under sentence of outlawry.
  4. a person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group;
    rebel;
    nonconformist:one of the outlaws of country music.
  5. Dialect Terms[Chiefly Western U.S.]
    • a horse that cannot be broken;
      a mean, intractable horse.
    • any rogue animal.

v.t. 
  1. to make unlawful or illegal:The Eighteenth Amendment outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the U.S.
  2. to deprive of thebenefits and protection of the law:Members of guerrilla bands who refused to surrender were outlawed.
  3. to prohibit:to outlaw smoking in a theater.
  4. to remove from legal jurisdiction;
    deprive of legal force.

adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an outlaw.
  • Old Norse ūtlagi one outside the protection of the law; see out, law1
  • Middle English outlawe, Old English ūtlaga bef. 1150
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged desperado, bandit, brigand.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proscribe, ban, forbid.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
outlaw /ˈaʊtˌlɔː/ n
  1. (formerly) a person excluded from the law and deprived of its protection
  2. any fugitive from the law, esp a habitual transgressor
vb (transitive)
  1. to put (a person) outside the law and deprive of its protection
  2. to ban
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Collocations: a [famous, literary, legendary] outlaw, [want, try, attempt] to outlaw, a [band, gang, mob] of outlaws, more...

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