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out of

preposition

Definition of out of

  1. 1 a (1) —used as a function word to indicate direction or movement from within to the outside of <walked out of the room> (2) —used as a function word to indicate a change in quality, state, or form <woke up out of a deep sleep> b (1) —used as a function word to indicate a position or situation beyond the range, limits, or sphere of <out of control> (2) —used as a function word to indicate a position or state away from the usual or expected <out of practice>

  2. 2 —used as a function word to indicate origin, source, or cause <a remarkable colt out of an ordinary mare> <built out of old lumber> <fled out of fear>

  3. 3 —used as a function word to indicate exclusion from or deprivation of <cheated him out of his savings> <out of breath>

  4. 4 —used as a function word to indicate choice or selection from a group <one out of four survived>

  5. 5 —used as a function word to indicate the center of an enterprise or activity <runs her business out of her home>

out of it

  1. 1 :  not part of a group, activity, or fashion

  2. 2 :  in a dazed or confused state



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of out of

before 12th century


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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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