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out

adverb \ ˈau̇t \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of out

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 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
  • —William Shakespeare
e :into groups or shares
  • sorted out her notes
  • parceled out the farm
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 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 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 used on a two-way radio circuit to indicate that a message is complete and no reply is expected

Examples of out in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of out

Middle English, from Old English ūt; akin to Old High German ūz out, Greek hysteros later, Sanskrit ud up, out

out Synonyms

Synonyms
alfresco, outdoors, outside
Antonyms
indoors
Related Words
without
Near Antonyms
in, inside, within

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out

verb

Definition of out

transitive verb
1 :eject, oust
2 :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 in a Sentence

  1. a gay actor who was outed in a magazine article

  2. He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids.

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First Known Use of out

before 12th century

out Synonyms


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out

preposition

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


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out

adjective

Definition of out

1 a :situated outside :external
2 :situated at a distance :outlying
  • the out islands
3 :not being in power
4 :absent
5 :removed by the defense from play as a batter or base runner in a baseball inning
  • two men out
6 :directed outward or serving to direct something outward
  • the out basket
7 :not being in vogue or fashion
8 :not to be considered :out of the question
9 :determined 1
  • was out to get revenge
10 :engaged in or attempting a particular activity
  • won on his first time out
11 :publicly known or identified as a homosexual

Examples of out in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of out

13th century


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out

noun

Definition of out

1 :outside
2 :one who is out of office or power or on the outside
  • a matter of outs versus ins
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 :a way of escaping from an embarrassing or difficult situation
on the outs
:on unfriendly terms :at variance

Examples of out in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of out

1717


out-

prefix

Definition of out-

:in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats
  • outmaneuver

Origin and Etymology of out-


OUT Defined for English Language Learners

out

adverb

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • : 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


out

verb

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • : to tell people that (someone) is a homosexual

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

  • : to become publicly known


out

preposition

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • —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


out

noun

Definition of out for English Language Learners

  • 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


out-

prefix

Definition of out- for English Language Learners

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


OUT Defined for Kids

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out

adverb \ ˈau̇t \

Definition of out for Students

1 :in a direction away from the inside, center, or surface
  • The boy looked out at the snow.
2 :away from home, business, or the usual or proper place
  • I went out for lunch.
3 :so as to be used up, completed, or discontinued
  • Our food supply ran out.
  • The patient filled the form out.
  • He blew the candle out.
4 :so as to be missing or moved from the usual or proper place
  • You left a comma out.
5 :in or into the open
  • The sun came out in the afternoon.
6 :aloud
  • The dog cried out in pain.
7 :beyond control or possession
  • She promised not to let the secret out.
8 :so as to be or make unsuccessful in reaching base in baseball
  • Our catcher threw the runner out.

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out

preposition

Definition of out for Students

1 :outward through
  • The boy looked out the window.
2 :outward on or along
  • We drove out the road by the river.
out of
1 :from the inside to the outside of :not in
  • I walked out of the room.
  • They are out of town.
2 :beyond the limits or range of
  • The bird flew out of sight.
  • The patient is out of danger.
3 :because of
  • They obeyed out of fear.
4 :in a group of
  • I only got one out of five right.
5 :1without 2
  • The store is out of bread.
6 :from 3
  • We made a table out of some boxes.

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out

adjective

Definition of out for Students

1 :no longer in power or use
  • The lights are out.
2 :no longer continuing or taking place
  • The fire is out.
  • School is out.
3 :not confined :not concealed or covered
  • The secret is out.
  • The sun is out.
4 :absent 1
  • I can't use a basket with its bottom out.
  • The teacher is out today.
5 :located outside or at a distance The island is 20 miles out.
6 :being no longer at bat and not successful in reaching base
7 :no longer in fashion

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out

noun

Definition of out for Students

:the act of causing a baseball player to be unsuccessful in reaching base

out-

prefix

Definition of out- for Students

:in a manner that goes beyond
  • outnumber
  • outrun


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