\ ˈau̇t \

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


outed; outing; outs

Definition of out (Entry 2 of 6)

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

Definition of out (Entry 3 of 6)

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



Definition of out (Entry 4 of 6)

1a : situated outside : external

b : out-of-bounds

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 : publicly known or identified as a homosexual



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



Definition of out- (Entry 6 of 6)

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

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Examples of out in a Sentence


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.


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


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


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Insurance companies may or may not cover the cost, which can range from $125 to $160 per dose if paying out-of-pocket. Michele Munz, The Seattle Times, "College students: There’s a new vaccine you should consider," 30 Aug. 2017 Scientists and historians have not agreed on a start date of the Anthropocene, but one candidate might be the moment in the late 1950s when Earth began launching small metallic pieces of itself back out into the void. David Grinspoon, The Atlantic, "Hurricane Harvey Lays Bare Our New Bargain With Nature," 30 Aug. 2017 HSAs are linked to high-deductible insurance plans, and consumers use the money in the account to pay their out-of-pocket expenses. Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, "5 Outside-The-Box Ideas For Fixing The Individual Insurance Market," 30 Aug. 2017 Dunaway had been out for three days, assisting with and documenting rescue efforts. Jen Kirby, Daily Intelligencer, "‘It Took Two Boat Rides’: Texans on Surviving the Storm," 30 Aug. 2017 In first period algebra, Missuz Johnson tells me to spit my bubblegum out, even though the strawberry flavor hasn’t yet dissolved. Teen Vogue, "Lit Club Winners: First Day of School," 29 Aug. 2017 On Thursday, a day prior to landfall, the experiment agreed with the European model that Harvey would plow inland, stall, then head back out over the Gulf of Mexico before making a second landfall near Houston, Texas. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Hurricane Harvey provides lab for U.S. forecast experiments," 28 Aug. 2017 Kernel's will move out of its downtown location Sunday, and plans to reopen on 75th Street Aug. 30. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "More frozen treats, clothing store options arriving in Naperville," 26 Aug. 2017 Hospitality all-stars Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio are both opening restaurants under this same spectacular roof—a Bat-Signal of sorts to New Yorkers that this isn’t just another landing spot for out-of-towners but an institution in the making. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel," 25 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Later that month, though, Moira Donegan outed herself in an essay for the Cut, which received an extraordinarily positive reception. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Why Harper’s’ Publisher Allegedly Wanted to Run Katie Roiphe’s #MeToo Story," 18 Apr. 2018 Libby is a former Bush administration official who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in March 2007 in the case of Valerie Plame, who was outed as a covert CIA agent. George Petras, USA TODAY, "President Trump’s pardons and commutations," 10 July 2018 Posting your résumé on job sites risks outing you if your employer looks for candidates with similar skills. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Smart Ways to Switch Jobs Quietly," 26 June 2018 Props to Colton for coming clean with this tidbit on his own, rather than be outed by someone else later in the season. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "Can smashing a car heal a broken heart? The best, worst and weirdest moments from 'The Bachelorette'," 5 June 2018 The Wall Street Journal outed him as an ordinary American 10 days after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Verena Dobnik, The Seattle Times, "Royal wedding TV expert with posh British accent is American," 2 June 2018 Already, he has been quietly outed on a handful of internet forums. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "PFT Commenter rose from an internet 'cesspool' to podcasting glory. And no one knows who he is.," 21 May 2018 Dolezal entered national infamy after being outed for lying about her racial identity in 2015. Essence.com, "Rachel Dolezal Has Been Booked And Released From Jail Over Welfare Fraud Charges," 3 July 2018 Still, the party-goers who were outed by the undercover cameramen had to go into hiding, especially after newspaper articles alleged that homosexuality was a contagious disease and the moral equivalent of child rape. Katie Baker, Newsweek, "'A Graveyard for Homosexuals'," 12 Dec. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Following an out and intentional walk, a tough situation became worse when Joey Votto committed an error. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds' Riggleman on loss to Cubs: 'We're beyond the point of moral victories'," 8 July 2018 All races are flat on an out-and-back Greenbelt (paved path) course. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Step up to the plate for Fit For Life run, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance," 30 June 2018 Louis Vuitton Gets Behind the 1980s Comeback The recent revival of 1980s fashion seems to provoke one of two reactions: intense dislike or out-and-out celebration. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "How to Be a Poolside Pinup," 27 June 2018 While not an out-and-out bomb, Gotti's theatrical run is nevertheless endangered, save for those cinemas in seven locales where the film held its own. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Gotti': How John Travolta Tried — and Failed — to Save His Passion Project," 18 June 2018 There’s no question about what Lewandowski is, though: a pure, out-and-out striker. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "World Cup game times: Colombia-Japan, Poland-Senegal, Russia-Egypt," 18 June 2018 But the Carters here don’t make any out-and-out statements about the right way to maintain a family. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle," 17 June 2018 In the sixth, with two out and side-arming righthander Rob Griswold from Law-Milford on the mound for LIU, John Toppa beat out an infield hit and went to third on a single by Chris Winkel, who stole second. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Tim Cate Rescues UConn; Huskies Stay Alive With 10-3 Win," 2 June 2018 Next, Marjan blows small sections of hair using a round ceramic brush (a ceramic barrel on the brush makes hair shiny and easier to smooth) in an out-and-around motion, making sure there’s a narrow nozzle on the blow dryer to direct the heat. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "KarJenner Hairstylist Justine Marjan Wants You to Get 5 Days Out of Your Blowout: Here's How," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hit, on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, tied a game the Cubs would win 5-4 an inning later. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Hand's struggles; Richard's survival," 14 July 2018 Trailing by a run with two outs in the ninth, Rizzo hit a game-tying RBI double. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs in the hunt for pitching help — regardless of Yu Darvish's status," 14 July 2018 Aguilar came to the plate with a man at second with two outs. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4 (12 innings)," 12 July 2018 With two outs, Sebastien Villasenor roped a single to right field to score Kunz. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Huge first inning lifts Crescenta Valley Major All-Stars to baseball title," 12 July 2018 Both noted that, until Phils shortstop Dave Bancroft swung at a bad first pitch with two outs in the ninth, nothing fishy was apparent. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "When and how the Phillies once played nine innings in 51 minutes," 9 July 2018 The Orioles had two on with two outs twice, but Davis struck out looking both times to end the threats. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles seal third winless road trip of season with 10-1 loss to Twins," 8 July 2018 Game time tonight is 7 p.m. The ‘Birds scored twice in the first inning with two outs. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "IronBirds get sweep with 5-4 win at Brooklyn," 8 July 2018 Hector Rondon took the baseball with two outs in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros hang on to beat Rangers in series opener," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of out


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


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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


1717, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for out


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


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English Language Learners Definition of out

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of out (Entry 2 of 5)

: to tell people that (someone) is a homosexual

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

: to become publicly known

English Language Learners Definition of out (Entry 3 of 5)

—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



English Language Learners Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

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



English Language Learners Definition of out- (Entry 5 of 5)

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


\ ˈau̇t \

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.

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.



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



Kids Definition of out (Entry 4 of 5)

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



Kids Definition of out-

: in a manner that goes beyond outnumber outrun

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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