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)

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

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 : publicly known or identified as a homosexual

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

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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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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

He was eventually outed by Ball’s advisor and mentor, Dr. Harry T. Hollmann. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 When Lionel explains all of this to his editor, Silvio remains more interested in outing Sam. refinery29.com, "Dear White People," 4 May 2018 Some excoriated it as irresponsible, catty, and malicious, a way of outing the accused without giving them a chance to respond to the allegations against them. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Media Men list: Moira Donegan identifies herself as creator of the document," 11 Jan. 2018 Meghan's father made headlines ahead of the wedding after he was outed for staging paparazzi photos in an attempt to better his image in the media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Wrote Her Dad a Letter After the Royal Wedding," 7 Feb. 2019 For many in the movie industry this was a period of growing prosperity and widespread optimism, but for gay stars and directors there was abiding fear of being outed. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ Review: Turning Tricks in Tinseltown," 26 July 2018 Both of the guests, one from Pennsylvania and one from new Jersey saw a potential tipping point in the culture now that powerful men accused of harassment, including in Congress, have been outed — and have faced consequences. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "President Trump's State of the Union Address: Eight takeaways," 31 Jan. 2018 He’s recently been outed online and has confessed his love for the then-unknown Blue. Tre'vell Anderson, latimes.com, "'Love, Simon's' Keiynan Lonsdale on playing Kid Flash and LGBTQ representation in Hollywood," 20 Mar. 2018 Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the star addressed the current climate of celebrities being outed for poor behavior in many different fashions. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Louis C.K. called Roseanne Barr after her firing, says close friend Norm Macdonald," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

By 2003, the instability had turned to full-out war. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "Does Citizenship Shape Identity? A “Third-Culture” Writer Takes Stock," 19 Oct. 2018 Chapman seemed unsure whether to get the out at first or second, then bobbled the ball for an error. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally in 11th, end A’s chances at AL West title," 25 Sep. 2018 Mink's 2-year-old was still protesting his seating, and two of the out-of-towners at her table were cautioning her against making a scene. Avi Selk, chicagotribune.com, "Why a teacher carried her 2-year-old up to Scott Pruitt's restaurant table and asked him to resign," 3 July 2018 Hit up the middle, Sogard got to the grounder and reeled it in momentarily, only to bobble it and not be able to get the out at second base. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers just can't catch a break this season against the Cubs," 27 Apr. 2018 That’s how things have been going lately for the Florida Panthers, who beat the out-of-contention but still tradition-rich Canadiens 5-0 on Thursday night. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "Florida Panthers shut out Canadiens and grab seventh consecutive home victory | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Over the course of the out-of-state treatment for his illness, Mr. Stockman had more than 400 individual charges in bills. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "John Stockman’s Medical Bills Topped $1 Million. What Happened?," 27 Dec. 2018 Tired Spongebob Nothing sums up our end-of-year exhaustion better like an out-of-breath Spongebob Squarepants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 Police say that the father’s body was discovered after an out-of-state relative asked the police to conduct a welfare check last Thursday. Denise Garcia, Teen Vogue, "A Teen's Boyfriend Allegedly Killed Her Dad and She Allegedly Helped Him Cover It Up," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photo: Elise Amendola/Associated Press Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Jansen with two outs in the eighth, silencing the crowd of 53,114 and rendering Buehler’s brilliance irrelevant. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 Cal Hejza followed with a bunt single and Garry Maynard singled to load the bases with no outs. Paul Johnson, Aurora Beacon-News, "JD gets job done: Miller goes 4-for-6 and scores three runs as Oswego outlasts Kaneland in regional," 11 July 2018 Fans see them tease one another and post shout-outs on social media quite often. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Sam Heughan Just Posted an Adorable Birthday Message to Sophie Skelton," 7 Mar. 2019 Andy Nelson's grand slam with no outs in the eighth gave the Falcons their second straight summer regional title. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Middle men: Nick Taylor and Nolan Clifford answer call but Neuqua Valley loses in eight innings," 13 July 2018 Miguel Rojas got the Marlins on the board in the second with a two-out double to the corner in left, bringing Starlin Castro home from first. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Barraclough blows save, but Marlins win in 10th on Rivera's hit," 3 July 2018 The company celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and Mr. Enders, who presided over the program’s stall-out, is turning over the reins as CEO amid a broad management transition. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airbus to Retire the A380, the Superjumbo That Never Quite Took Off," 14 Feb. 2019 Roof leaks at the Coliseum on Jan. 5, 1986, caused the first-ever NBA rain-out. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Renovations are nothing new to KeyArena, evolving since 1962 and home to new NHL team," 5 Dec. 2018 The stingy tie-outs and small entryway also fall into these critiques. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents," 28 June 2018

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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 transitive 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

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

out

verb

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

out

noun

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

out-

prefix

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

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

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.

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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