adverb \ˈat\

: in a direction away from the inside or center of something

: in or to a place outside of something (such as a building, room, etc.)

: away from home or work

Full Definition of OUT

a (1) :  in a direction away from the inside or center <went out into the garden> (2) :  outside <it's raining out>
b :  from among others
c :  away from the shore
d :  away from home or work <out to lunch>
e :  away from a particular place
a :  so as to be missing or displaced from the usual or proper place <left a word out> <threw his shoulder out>
b :  into the possession or control of another <lend out money>
c :  into a state of loss or defeat <was voted out>
d :  into a state of vexation <they do not mark me, and that brings me out — Shakespeare>
e :  into groups or shares <sorted out her notes> <parceled out the farm>
a :  to the point of depletion, extinction, or exhaustion <the food ran out> <turn the light out> <all tuckered out>
b :  to completion or satisfaction <hear me out> <work the problem out>
c :  to the full or a great extent or degree <all decked out> <stretched out on the floor>
a :  in or into the open <the sun came out>
b :  out loud <cried out>
c :  in or into public circulation <the evening paper isn't out yet> <hand out pamphlets> <the library book is still out>
a :  at an end <before the day is out>
b :  in or into an insensible or unconscious state <she was out cold>
c :  in or into a useless state <landed the plane with one engine out>
d :  so as to end the offensive turn of another player, a side, or oneself in baseball <threw him out> <fly out>
—used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and no reply is expected

Examples of OUT

  1. He went out to the garden.
  2. He looked out at the snow.
  3. She poured the tea out.
  4. The girl stuck her tongue out.
  5. His shirttail was hanging out.
  6. I heard a noise in the bushes and out jumped a cat!
  7. He waited out in the hall.
  8. I cleaned my car inside and out.
  9. A car pulled up and two men got out.
  10. He grabbed his coat and out he went.

Origin of OUT

Middle English, from Old English ūt; akin to Old High German ūz out, Greek hysteros later, Sanskrit ud up, out
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to OUT

alfresco, outdoors, outside



: to tell people that (someone) is a homosexual

: to tell people that (someone) is or does a particular thing

: to become publicly known

Full Definition of OUT

transitive verb
:  eject, oust
:  to identify publicly as being such secretly <wanted to out pot smokers>; especially :  to identify as being a closet homosexual
intransitive verb
:  to become publicly known <the truth will out>

Examples of OUT

  1. a gay actor who was outed in a magazine article
  2. He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids.

First Known Use of OUT

before 12th century



—used to indicate that a person or animal is looking at something that is outside of a building, room, etc.

—used to indicate that a person or animal is moving from the inside of a building, room, etc., to the outside

Full Definition of OUT

—used as a function word to indicate an outward movement <ran out the door> <looked out the window>

First Known Use of OUT

13th century



Definition of OUT

a :  situated outside :  external
b :  out-of-bounds
:  situated at a distance :  outlying <the out islands>
:  not being in power
:  absent
:  removed by the defense from play as a batter or base runner in a baseball inning <two men out>
:  directed outward or serving to direct something outward <the out basket>
:  not being in vogue or fashion
:  not to be considered :  out of the question
:  determined 1 <was out to get revenge>
:  engaged in or attempting a particular activity <won on his first time out>
:  publicly known or identified as a homosexual

Examples of OUT

  1. <he's out to get even with the guy who beat him last time around>
  2. <half the staff is out with the flu>

First Known Use of OUT

13th century



baseball : the act of causing a player to be out or the situation that exists when a player has been put out

: a way of avoiding an embarrassing or difficult situation

Full Definition of OUT

:  outside
:  one who is out of office or power or on the outside <a matter of outs versus ins>
a :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
b :  a player that is put out
:  a way of escaping from an embarrassing or difficult situation
on the outs
:  on unfriendly terms :  at variance

Examples of OUT

  1. The play resulted in an out.
  2. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit a home run to win the game.
  3. He changed the wording of the contract to give himself an out.

First Known Use of OUT

May 26, 2015
sacrilegious Hear it
grossly irreverent
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