\ 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 With plenty of rest and medication, Grandma Kirby is now feeling better and hoping that there is someone out there that falls in love with her beautiful face and piercing eyes. The Republic/usa Today Network, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2021 The good news is that a few quick Google searches revealed there are plenty of smart air conditioner controllers out there to add key missing features to ductless and window AC units. Maren Estrada, BGR, 4 June 2021 These are people out there that nobody talks about, that nobody knows about. cleveland, 4 June 2021 That does not mean, though, that there aren't policies out there to be put in place, Fernandez said. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 But for those hoping to slake their bloodlust a little sooner, there’s a whole world of sanguinary anime — with and without vampires — out there just waiting for viewers to sink their teeth into. John Maher, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Here’s the second remarkable thing, which is not necessarily a good thing: There’s not a whole lot of smartwatch competition out there. Lauren Goode, Wired, 4 June 2021 Get out there and do something fun with your family. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Going out there and competing and competing down to every single pitch knowing that every detail matters. oregonlive, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Fewer red carpets, fewer interactions with the press, fewer chances to encounter journalists and paparazzi trying to out her. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 11 Sep. 2020 Texas Christian University responded to a Tweet about a student who’s been outed as a racist. Essence Staff, Essence, 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, 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Green should want to work with a stable and proven general manager, not an up-and-comer who’s figuring things out. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2021 Winchester came out on top in the set and ultimately swept. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 Looking at the Profootballfocus grades, Walker came out average. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 6 June 2021 Figuring out how to accommodate them remains a challenge. Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 But Bernard’s experience figuring out her sexuality hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 5 June 2021 Figuring out the relative importance of these factors is tricky. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 5 June 2021 Looking ahead, Greg Penner, chairman of the board at Walmart, said the biggest challenge for the retailer is figuring out how to change and move faster while staying true to the company's core values. Nathan Owens, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 Pacers’ decision makers are still figuring out what to do going forward with the head coaching role. Tony East, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The footage begins with Nearman giving his out-of-view audience an introduction to looking up legislative information online. Washington Post, 6 June 2021 And if reimbursed universally, this would induce more insured persons to take the product as their out-of-pocket costs would be much lower. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Here's a how to keep your out-of-town guests entertained for a whole week in Louisville. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 4 June 2021 London’s Black Midi satiated critics’ chaos cravings on their out-of-nowhere 2019 debut, Schagenheim. Ryan Reed, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021 Most other gaming laptops have more out-of-the-box power than this model, especially in the graphical department, but none can match its blend of performance and portability. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Political figures ranging from Barack Obama to Tucker Carlson all seem to think UFOs may pose a serious threat to national security, but likely explanations for recent UFO sightings are far less out-of-this-world. Andrew Follett, National Review, 21 May 2021 Higher-tier subscriptions of fuboTV can get you out-of-market access to the SEC and ACC networks. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 20 May 2021 You may only be reimbursed a fraction of your out-of-pocket costs, and dealing with reimbursements is monotonous work. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Huskies tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh off of reliever Will Proctor, who allowed three hits — two doubles sandwiched around a single — without recording an out. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2021 Derek Holland replaced Skubal and gave up three straight hits — including Jake Lamb's two-run double — before recording an out. Sarah Trotto, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 There was an out at the plate in the first inning on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 4 June 2021 But both the fourth inning and the game ended with Brock Holt making an out. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 30 May 2021 Caleb Sloan gave up a pair of three-run home runs without recording an out for the No. 9 Ducks in a 10-3 loss to Cal in Berkeley Friday night. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 May 2021 This park is an easy-in/easy-out with light crowds and incredible scenery. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Everyone understands the simple logic: A strikeout is just an out. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 23 May 2021 The other time was last year when Ohtani failed to register an out. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 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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Time Traveler for out

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

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6 Jun 2021

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“Out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out. Accessed 12 Jun. 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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