\ 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


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



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



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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb James Harden and Russell Westbrook basically forced their way out Houston as they were both traded. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Look back at 37-point blasting of OKC, ahead to road matchup vs. Rockets," 4 Apr. 2021 The jury is still out about the future of the church. Sandi Dolbee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One year later, the big question for churches: What’s next?," 4 Apr. 2021 Then, fortify it with a second line, a few feet further out from the first. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to keep deer out of the garden," 4 Apr. 2021 The delay of these Olympics compresses everything; the next Basketball World Cup is only two years away and the Paris Games are just three years out. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "USA Basketball picks Grant Hill as Colangelo's replacement," 4 Apr. 2021 His Cincinnati teams played with a similar grit in his 13 seasons there, but now his out-tough-your-opponent mantra is being streamlined through a blue-blood program that has 11 national championships hanging in the rafters. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Final Four heartbreak aside, UCLA men's basketball is here to stay in the national equation under Mick Cronin," 4 Apr. 2021 Invasives can kill trees and move into forested land, out-competing native species. Phaedra Singelis, ABC News, "Here's how you can help save bees and other pollinators," 3 Apr. 2021 Saturday may be a good day to stroll around and look for surprises, like early Easter decorations hidden or out in the open. oregonlive, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Cloudy, high near 67 degrees," 3 Apr. 2021 The losing team is out and the winner plays at the loser of the No. 7-8 game for the No. 8 seed, to face the No. 1 seed. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Play-in round changing face of NBA, could have altered Heat history | Commentary," 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fewer red carpets, fewer interactions with the press, fewer chances to encounter journalists and paparazzi trying to out her. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How A Queer Icon Made the Holiday Film of the Year," 9 Dec. 2020 Drucker has lived in several countries and knows that the signals that might out you in one place, like short hair for lesbians, will be interpreted in an entirely different context somewhere else. Sarah Prager, National Geographic, "Does travel mean going into the closet? LGBTQ+ tourists face tough choices," 11 Oct. 2020 After a classmate threatens to out him to his Muslim family, Amir decides to run away from home and ends up in the Eternal City. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "Arvin Ahmadi on how an Italian getaway inspired his new novel How It All Blew Up," 11 Sep. 2020 Texas Christian University responded to a Tweet about a student who’s been outed as a racist. Essence Staff, Essence, "Skai Jackson: 'I'm Trying To Expose As Many Racists As I Can Today'," 5 June 2020 That detail, coupled with the already-publicly available information about the man's age, district of residence, and movements, meant that the media had effectively outed him, potentially putting his employment at risk. Jake Kwon And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Virus outbreak linked to Seoul clubs popular with LGBT community stokes homophobia," 12 May 2020 The National Human Rights Commission of Korea issued a statement calling for stronger measures to protect individuals from being outed. Max S. Kim, The New Yorker, "Seoul’s Radical Experiment in Digital Contact Tracing," 17 Apr. 2020 This year was the first time those scenes had a real storyline, with Gene potentially being outed as the fugitive Goodman. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Better Call Saul vs. Breaking Bad: We decide which is better," 15 Apr. 2020 His relationship with Margaret was outed by a tabloid. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roddy Llewellyn? Everything You Need to Know About Princess Margaret's Boyfriend," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition By the end of 2020, word was out that Twitter was testing its own live-audio product with a small group of users. BostonGlobe.com, "An ear for ‘social audio’," 7 Apr. 2021 As far as the recent crimes, Kaucheck said one of the three Madison Park shooting suspects was arrested within minutes of the incident with a warrant out for a second person. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood leaders address criminal activity at virtual town hall meeting, promise to keep residents informed," 7 Apr. 2021 Over time that may even out, but time is a tricky element of this series. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "'X-Men' meets 'Buffy' in this supernatural steampunk show from disgraced creator Joss Whedon," 6 Apr. 2021 But the new Aquaculture semester will focus on being out on the water. Anchorage Daily News, "Masking requirement on commercial fishing boats draws ire of Alaska senators and state officials," 6 Apr. 2021 After striking out on receiving state tax credits the last two years, Foxconn Technology Group is not expected to receive credits in the next three years, according to the state Department of Administration. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State does not anticipate giving Foxconn tax credits during next three fiscal years," 6 Apr. 2021 With Murray out, Popovich added forward Luka Samanic to the starting lineup along with regulars Derrick White, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hopeful Lonnie Walker IV can return during road trip," 5 Apr. 2021 Andrean had runners on second and third with one out in the second before Elish recorded back-to-back strikeouts. Michael Osipoff, chicagotribune.com, "Softball notes: Yes, it was Crown Point’s first game in nearly two years. But Notre Dame recruit Anna Holloway kept calm in a season-opening win against Andrean.," 5 Apr. 2021 People watching really is at its best in these early spring days, when everyone is shaking off their best outfits after months of hibernating indoors and venturing out in long puffers. 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Washington Post, "National trackers say D.C. is among the worst vaccinators in the U.S. The reality is more complicated.," 22 Mar. 2021 In 1982, Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese-American, became collateral damage when he was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Michigan by a Chrysler autoworker and his out-of-work stepson. BostonGlobe.com, "After Atlanta slayings, this time needs to be different for Asian Americans," 18 Mar. 2021 There weren’t any out-of-county opponents to scout during the varsity season, but Rodrigues thrived in his new weight class. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Wrestler of the Year: South Carroll’s AJ Rodrigues had plenty of time to ‘shine’ on mat this season," 18 Mar. 2021 His out-of-control vision proves to be WeWork’s downfall. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "A New WeWork Documentary Relives Its Roller Coaster Story," 17 Mar. 2021 The corridor is Montgomery’s hub for biotech companies, and the highway carries commuters between more affordable homes in farther-out suburbs and jobs in Montgomery, Washington and Northern Virginia. Washington Post, "Monorail is a ‘viable’ transit option for I-270 but wouldn’t reduce traffic, study says," 3 Mar. 2021 The measure remains controversial in the Senate and the chamber’s parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid including a straight-out minimum wage increase. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Kamala Harris enters a supermarket — and a security bubble," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rousseau’s opt-out opened the opportunity for Phillips to shine in 2020. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Hurricanes NFL draft prospects set for Pro Day that takes on greater importance this year," 28 Mar. 2021 Relievers out of options: Jarlin Garcia and Matt Wisler, so the final spot might come down to Wandy Peralta vs. Nick Tropeano, who has an opt-out at the end of the month. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "Evan Longoria back on the field for the Giants, foot problem may linger," 27 Mar. 2021 Under the previous ownership, the Wilpons and former GM Brodie Van Wagenen convinced deGrom, arguably the best pitcher in MLB with two Cy Young awards, to receive $27.5 million a year (with an opt-out after the 2022 season). Deesha Thosar, courant.com, "Michael Conforto would like to be a Met for years, but the time to pay him is now," 21 Mar. 2021 Minnesota also added eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson in free agency and have defensive tackle Michael Pierce coming back for 2021 after taking the COVID-19 opt-out for the 2020 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Vikings made Dalvin Tomlinson ‘No. 1 target’ in free agency," 20 Mar. 2021 That ranked second among Boston regulars to shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is signed through 2025 (with an opt-out after 2022). Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Red Sox Hope the Ghosts of 2018 Won’t Haunt Them," 9 Mar. 2021 The fundamental unit of American data privacy laws is the individual user opt-out. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy," 15 Feb. 2021 This month's change really just removes the wording in the privacy policy that referred to the opt-out, while adding information for business users. David Meyer, Fortune, "What is Signal, and is it really safer than WhatsApp?," 14 Jan. 2021 Jojo Wright, an opt-out in 2020, had a promising freshman campaign in 2019. oregonlive, "Reviewing Oregon State 2020 football: Defensive backs gained experience, must improve takeaways to elevate position in 2021," 13 Jan. 2021

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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 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

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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The first known use of out was before the 12th century

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7 Apr 2021

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“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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)

chiefly US
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 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.

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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