\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

But when Eric outs Asher against Asher’s will, that’s supposed to be OK? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Meghan and the Queen had their first solo outing together last month, where the former Suits star proved to be the perfect royal companion. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "See Meghan Markle Make Her Buckingham Palace Balcony Return Right Next to Queen Elizabeth!," 10 July 2018 This national security writer broke a cardinal rule of journalism by outing her source to the FBI. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s confusion about Bush’s slogan illustrates his narrow view of the presidency," 9 July 2018 News of the model and NBA player's new home comes just days after Khloé Kardashian accidentally outed the couple on Instagram. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "See Inside Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons' Rumored Summer Home," 10 July 2018 Image Thanks to the magic of comics, in his coming-out story of 2015, a younger version of Bobby traveled to the present and was outed by Jean Grey, his telepathic teammate. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, "Iceman Came Out. Now He’s Coming Back in His Own Series.," 28 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ryan is far from the only Republican member of Congress voicing concern about the risks of an all-out trade war. CBS News, "Paul Ryan criticizes Trump's China tariffs, saying they aren't "the right way to go"," 11 July 2018 The city goes all-out with cemetery and haunted history tours, spooky art shows, and a 5K race where runners dress as witches. 9. Catherine Strawn, Country Living, "17 Amazing Halloween Celebrations Across America," 11 July 2018 This is not necessarily a rags-to-riches tale—more of a down-but-not-out story. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 2018 The Chicago Fire took away an epic and commendable 2-2 draw from their visit to Toronto FC, in front of a near-sell-out crowd of 26,331 at BMO Field. José Luis Sánchez Pando, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire leave Toronto alive and revitalized," 29 Apr. 2018 Washington defeated North Carolina, 5-0, in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,000 fans in 2017. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (March 9): Sparrows Point grad DeRuggiero sets Delaware women's lacrosse record with nine assists," 9 Mar. 2018 Want to make your out-of-state friends' eyes bug out? Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "8 reasons to love the Phoenix heat in summer," 14 July 2018 Detroit didn't get its second hit until John Hicks' two-out infield single in the seventh against Adam Kolarek, who allowed Nicholas Castellanos' RBI double and a run-scoring single by Goodrum in ninth. Mark Didtler, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hot-hitting Wilson Ramos powers Rays past Tigers," 11 July 2018 The Depression-era Brady and Dillinger gangs reportedly used a wall in an out building on the property for target practice. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

First, Anthony Rizzo’s two-out double on a full-count slider off the plate from Hand scored pinch-runner Jason Heyward from first base to tie the game 4-4. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Things fall apart quickly for Padres in loss to Cubs," 13 July 2018 With runners at second and third with two outs, courtesy of two Cyclones errors, Torres sliced a single to right centerfield to push the lead to 6-1, all but ending the game. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 And if all that wasn’t enough, Nola drove in the Phillies’ runs himself with a bases-clearing two-out double in the fifth inning against Mets starter Corey Oswalt. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Aaron Nola picks up Phillies on the mound and at the plate in doubleheader split with Mets," 9 July 2018 Two of the runs scored when Tigers right fielder Nicholas Castellanos lost Adeiny Hechavarria's two-out fly that dropped for a double. Mark Didtler, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays stay hot at home as Daniel Robertson's walk-off single in the 10th beats Tigers," 9 July 2018 His campaign roll-out didn't feature props or the trappings of a political superstar. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "At 86, Joe Arpaio's Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age doesn’t mean anything," 6 July 2018 Mondesi finally put the Royals on the board with a two-out homer in the eighth off reliever Dan Jennings. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Royals 1: Yet another impressive outing for rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta," 26 June 2018 Maikel Franco’s two-out, ninth-inning homer off closer Aroldis Chapman was ultimately inconsequential. New York Times, "Yankees End Skid, but Lose Gary Sanchez for Several Weeks," 25 June 2018 Senior Tyler Gulley hit a two-out homer in the top of the seventh. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Eighth-ranked St. X beats Highlands, 10-6 for its eighth state title," 16 June 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


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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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