What is the difference between output and outcome? Please suggest the proper usage.
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Output is usually used to measure the rate of something. It is often used when talking about energy/power created.
Outcome is the result of an action. The outcome of a fight, for example might be a couple of black eyes.
To try to put these into one context:
This book was the outcome of three years solitude and constant work from the author.
The author has an incredible output, having released 5 books this year and 6 last year.
The outcome of increasing the machine's printing speed was a much higher output.
Here, by increasing the speed, the engineers have improved the efficiency of their machine.
Hope this helps.
N.B.: It has been pointed out in the comments that output can also be the result of running a process in some computer applications and data processing.
The output from a process is what comes out as a result, while the outcome of a process is what's changed by it (including any output being produced).
The process of drilling a hole for example doesn't really have any output, but the outcome is that there is a hole.