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adverb \ˈau̇t\

Simple Definition of out

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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>

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 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>

  5. 5 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>

  6. 6 —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




Simple Definition of out

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  eject, oust

  3. 2 :  to identify publicly as being such secretly <wanted to out pot smokers>; especially :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of out

before 12th century




Simple Definition of out

  • —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

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

13th Century

First Known Use of out

13th century




Definition of out

  1. 1 a :  situated outside :  external b :  out-of-bounds

  2. 2 :  situated at a distance :  outlying <the out islands>

  3. 3 :  not being in power

  4. 4 :  absent

  5. 5 :  removed by the defense from play as a batter or base runner in a baseball inning <two men out>

  6. 6 :  directed outward or serving to direct something outward <the out basket>

  7. 7 :  not being in vogue or fashion

  8. 8 :  not to be considered :  out of the question

  9. 9 :  determined 1 <was out to get revenge>

  10. 10 :  engaged in or attempting a particular activity <won on his first time out>

  11. 11 :  publicly known or identified as a homosexual




Simple Definition of out

  • 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

  1. 1 :  outside

  2. 2 :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside <a matter of outs versus ins>

  3. 3 a :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball b :  a player that is put out

  4. 4 :  a way of escaping from an embarrassing or difficult situation

on the outs
  1. :  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




Simple Definition of out-

  • : in a manner that is greater, better, or more than something else

Full Definition of out-

  1. :  in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats <outmaneuver>

  1. out·achieve

  2. out·act

  3. out·bar·gain

  4. out·bid

  5. out·bitch

  6. out·bluff

  7. out·box

  8. out·brag

  9. out·brawl

  10. out·bulk

  11. out·buy

  12. out·catch

  13. out·charge

  14. out·climb

  15. out·coach

  16. out·com·pete

  17. out·dance

  18. out·daz·zle

  19. out·de·bate

  20. out·de·liv·er

  21. out·de·sign

  22. out·drag

  23. out·dress

  24. out·drink

  25. out·drive

  26. out·du·el

  27. out·earn

  28. out·eat

  29. out·fight

  30. out·fig·ure

  31. out·fish

  32. out·fly

  33. out·fum·ble

  34. out·gain

  35. out·glit·ter

  36. out·gross

  37. out·hit

  38. out·ho·mer

  39. out·hunt

  40. out·hus·tle

  41. out·jump

  42. out·kick

  43. out·kill

  44. out·last

  45. out·leap

  46. out·learn

  47. out·man

  48. out·ma·neu·ver

  49. out·ma·nip·u·late

  50. out·march

  51. out·mus·cle

  52. out·or·ga·nize

  53. out·pass

  54. out·per·form

  55. out·pitch

  56. out·play

  57. out·plot

  58. out·pol·i·tick

  59. out·poll

  60. out·pop·u·late

  61. out·pow·er

  62. out·pray

  63. out·preach

  64. out·price

  65. out·pro·duce

  66. out·prom·ise

  67. out·punch

  68. out·rate

  69. out·re·bound

  70. out·re·pro·duce

  71. out·ri·val

  72. out·roar

  73. out·row

  74. out·rush

  75. out·sail

  76. out·scheme

  77. out·scoop

  78. out·score

  79. out·shout

  80. out·sing

  81. out·sit

  82. out·skate

  83. out·soar

  84. out·spar·kle

  85. out·speed

  86. out·sprint

  87. out·stride

  88. out·swear

  89. out·swim

  90. out·talk

  91. out·think

  92. out·throw

  93. out·trade

  94. out·vie

  95. out·vote

  96. out·wait

  97. out·walk

  98. out·watch

  99. out·wres·tle

  100. out·write

  101. out·yell

  102. out·yield

Origin of out-


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