out

adverb
\ ˈau̇t How to pronounce out (audio) \

Definition of out

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a(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
2a : 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
3a : 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
4a : 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
5a : 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

out

verb
outed; outing; outs

Definition of out (Entry 2 of 6)

1 transitive : to identify (someone) publicly as being such secretly Ever feel as if your achievements are a fluke or that you're one conversation away from being outed as a fraud?— Gillian Fox Foster … was the man who outed the journalist Joe Klein as the author of the novel "Primary Colors."— Walter Kirn especially : to reveal the covert sexual orientation or gender identity of (someone) outed her to her coworkers In our case, a cross-section of writers and editors—male and female, gay and straight—agreed that it would be inappropriate to "out" this Pentagon official. — Richard Goldstein
2 intransitive : to become publicly known the truth will out Murder will out.
3 transitive : to put out : to eject (someone) from a place, office, or possession : expel During the suppression, we privately kept outed vicars as chaplains and attended secret Anglican services …— Rose Macaulay

Definition of out (Entry 3 of 6)

used as a function word to indicate an outward movement ran out the doorlooked out the window

out

adjective

Definition of out (Entry 4 of 6)

1a : 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 sense 1 was out to get revenge
10 : engaged in or attempting a particular activity won on his first time out
11 : having one's LGBTQ sexual orientation or gender identity publicly known an out trans person wasn't out during college

out

noun

Definition of out (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : outside
2 : one who is out of office or power or on the outside a matter of outs versus ins
3a : 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

out-

prefix

Definition of out- (Entry 6 of 6)

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

Examples of out in a Sentence

Adverb He went out to the garden. He looked out at the snow. She poured the tea out. The girl stuck her tongue out. His shirttail was hanging out. I heard a noise in the bushes and out jumped a cat! He waited out in the hall. I cleaned my car inside and out. A car pulled up and two men got out. He grabbed his coat and out he went. Verb a gay actor who was outed in a magazine article He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids. Adjective he's out to get even with the guy who beat him last time around half the staff is out with the flu Noun The play resulted in an out. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit a home run to win the game. He changed the wording of the contract to give himself an out. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and caretakers in my life and out there. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 28 June 2022 He was soothed by the orange blossoms hiding out there in the darkness, the golden rain of termites, the noises of some night bird calling somewhere, the good rhythm of his rocking. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The show's a little more clever, a little more vicious, and a lot more fun than the other zombie fare out there. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 27 June 2022 The Emmy category for competition series should conceivably be the most dynamic one out there. Michael Schneider, Variety, 27 June 2022 There are many alternate investment options out there, such as cryptocurrency, stocks, bonds and real estate. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 June 2022 For the design-obsessed, there are also plenty of aesthetically pleasing fans out there that won't offend your exacting eye. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2022 Election conspiracy theory promoters claim there are more out there. New York Times, 26 June 2022 Of course, steps like those are only useful to anyone out there who still uses and enjoys Facebook. Andy Meek, BGR, 26 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb CNN)An Australian newspaper columnist has apologized for a story that appeared to accuse actor Rebel Wilson of spoiling his attempts to out her as gay. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 13 June 2022 Garfield and Horowitz dissected a number of dramatic moments from the film as well as several potential leaks — including a DoorDash delivery guy’s attempts to out him while filming in Atlanta. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Van den Bergh knew the Franks personally or meant to out them in particular. Adela Suliman, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Jan. 2022 What wasn’t so obvious was that Brendan and Pieper would out themselves as scheming clout-chasers, who bond over watching their Instagram follower counts increase. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, 7 Sep. 2021 People cursing him and trying to out him on social media are worse than the fan. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 No single player can purely out-skill their opponents without leaving opportunities for counter-play. Tyler Colp, Wired, 29 May 2021 Charlie has a run-in with John Wayne and quietly threatens to out him as a draft dodger, in another touch that has present-day overtones; Charlie doesn’t like chest-thumping manliness from those who didn’t do their share. New York Times, 8 May 2021 Plagued by complicated evidence, a frightened public, and hesitation from victims’ friends and associates—who feared involvement would out them to family and employers—the investigation went cold, and the killer was never caught. San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition That delicate balance might be disrupted if a professor came out, Lee thought. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 30 June 2022 But Dan Chen’s film, which was already underway when the 2018 article came out, is not just about Landry’s initial success or the subsequent scandal. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 His attorney got through to him Friday, just after the state Supreme Court opinion came out, to tell him the news. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 29 June 2022 Eventually, Straw came out ahead, sinking a free-throw length shot that Hudson could not match. Joe Noga, cleveland, 29 June 2022 Pan Nalin rose to fame with his film, Angry Indian Goddesses, which came out in 2015 and featured Sandhya Mridul, Sarah-Jane Dias, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anushka Manchanda, Rajshri Deshpande, Amrit Maghera, Adil Hussain and Pavleen Gujral. Sweta Kaushal, Forbes, 29 June 2022 McBryde's most recent album, the Grammy-nominated Never Will, came out in 2020. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 After more than a year of deliberating, the Utah Supreme Court came out Wednesday with a decision on whether the inland port is unconstitutional and illegally siphoning up a portion of Salt Lake City’s revenue. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 June 2022 Delevingne, who came out as pansexual in 2020, also discussed what playing Alice meant to her. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That’s a problem for a tiny nation of around 400,000 people with crime so chronic, some think it’s on the brink of an all-out gang war. Sean Williams, Rolling Stone, 22 May 2022 Ultimately, the threat of all-out nuclear war was neutralized, and the final scene showed a human in a spacesuit walking on the surface of Mars. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 May 2022 Musk is the one who’s ‘flat-out stupid’ about Trump on Twitter. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Don’t let Austin’s small frame fool you, the kid can flat-out play. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will almost certainly not start an all-out nuclear war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 In 1948, with his treacherous former mentor disposed of in a Bangkok river, Chin was free to launch an all-out guerilla war against the British. Richard Collett, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022 Alona Vakal knows that a more forceful military response by the U.S. government against Russia — whose president, Vladimir Putin, has bloodily invaded Ukraine — risks causing an all-out world war. NBC News, 13 Mar. 2022 But there are honest, relatively honest and flat-out deceptive versions of that. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out, Reds Manager David Bell stuck with Minor as Joel Kuhnel warmed in the bullpen. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 19 June 2022 The odd one out was the Bank of England, which nudged rates up less than expected after forecasting a 0.3% contraction in British output in the second quarter. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 18 June 2022 With one out, Trea Turner — batting leadoff because Mookie Betts was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore rib — beat out a slow roller for his third hit, but Freddie Freeman grounded into a double play. Steve Hensonassistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 González smoked a leadoff homer out of the stadium, driving it through the trees above the high tier of seats in right, and Pederson hit his out to left off Zach Thompson to open the fourth. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2022 Givens failed to record an out in the seventh, walking three Padres and was charged with four runs allowed. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 Faedo, in his eighth MLB start, failed to record an out in the fourth. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 15 June 2022 This is the second out-of-state move in the last year for Vessel, who moved in last summer from Louisiana. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 10 June 2022 Even if that means turning on your out-of-office for a staycation to work on your garden, taking some time can have a positive impact for yourself, your team and your organization. Courtney Rottman, Forbes, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of out

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for out

Adverb and Prefix

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

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out

adverb
\ ˈau̇t How to pronounce out (audio) \

Kids Definition of out

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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.

out

preposition

Kids Definition of out (Entry 2 of 5)

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 : without entry 1 sense 2 The store is out of bread.
6 : from sense 3 We made a table out of some boxes.

out

adjective

Kids Definition of out (Entry 3 of 5)

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 sense 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

out

noun

Kids Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

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

out-

prefix

Kids Definition of out-

: in a manner that goes beyond outnumber outrun

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